Working Through Brokenness

Stephanie Disselkoen

READ : Philippians 1:1-6

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (v. 6)

God is at work in you. This is a fact. When most people think of this, they refer to beautiful outward changes. For example: “God’s working in Tom; he speaks so kindly now,” or “God has healed Sally of her cancer!”

But God’s transformation toolbox isn’t limited to working through what is outwardly beautiful. He can use even the broken things in our lives to complete good work in us.

Like most Christians, I can rattle off a list of many positive, delightful things I see God doing in my life. I can also rattle off a list of where I see him working in the dark, unlovely bits of who I am.

For example, I live with rheumatoid arthritis. I have prayed myriad times for it to leave my body. But God has chosen to use this disease to do good work in my heart. Because I am often in pain, I more readily sense and empathize with others’ physical and emotional pain.

I have a friend who struggled for years with infertility. She jumped through countless medical hoops to have a child. I see God using that experience for his glory. Her heart is now finely tuned to the woes of others hoping for a child.

God’s transformative power in our lives is boundless. Praise him for all the ways he can use our joys—and sorrows—for his glory.


Dear Lord, I give you glory for the work I see you doing in all parts of my life.