What do you do with brokenness? It can so easily breed bitterness and cynicism, which are unpleasant (and unattractive) companions in life. But is is far easier to talk about letting go of those often legitimate feelings than it is to just do it! Even though I am a person of faith, one who is truly committed to my faith, I find no easy answers in the grittiness of daily life. The disappointments are real and they can't be waved away with some sort of magic wand.
I am learning to do this though -- I'm learning to give my small disappointments and my life changing broken dreams to Someone who knows my heart, who sees the span of my life, and who can take broken things and make them into a new thing. A better thing. I am learning that God's dreams are bigger than mine ~ and that he has deep concern and compassion for the things that touch and sometimes really pierce the core of my life.
He lets me give him the pieces though. He lets me put the little pieces of my hopes and dreams and expectations that are hardly recognizable anymore into his hands. He doesn't demand that I do so - he offers to take them from me. He also lets me put the pieces back in his hand, when I take them up again and hold them in my hands - often worrying, sometimes weeping. It's still a mystery to me what He will do with the broken dreams of my life. The end result will probably look nothing like my own vision of my life's dreams. I feel confident in this, though, His dream for me is to take the cuts and scars and pieces and make something new and better than I could have ever imagined. I'm waiting for the unveiling!