When our daughter was just two years old one of her favorite things to do was to go down to the beach and search for shells. As we were walking along it seemed as thought she was stopping to pick up almost every shell that caught her eye. After a while I stopped for a moment to ask, "Why do you insist on picking up every shell that you see .... most of them are broken". It was in this moment that she taught me one of the biggest lessons of my life. Here response was "because they are beautiful Dad". I immediately stopped in my tracks and hugged her tight. She didn't know how profound this was. In her eyes, she saw beauty in something broken, furthermore "Beauty in Brokenness".
I believe as I write this, someone needs to read/hear this. It does not matter how broken you are, how lost you may feel, how high on the mountain or low in the valley. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You were made on purpose and with a purpose. I hope the 2 year old version of my daughter can encourage you as she has encouraged me and so many others.
Psalm 34:7 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”