Several years ago during a very difficult time in my life a friend shared this story with me:
When French impressionist painter Auguste Renoir was confined to his home during the last decade of his life, Henri Matisse was nearly 28 years younger than him. The two great artists were dear friends and frequent companions. Matisse visited him daily. Renoir, almost paralyzed by arthritis, continued to paint in spite of his infirmities. One day as Matisse watched the elder painter work in his studio, fighting torturous pain with each brush stroke, he blurted out: “Auguste, why do you continue to paint when you are in such agony?”
Renoir said: “The pain passes but the beauty remains.”
To answer you question we as christians fight agains brokeness because if we allow Him to break us will mean that He will be in control and not we ourselves.And christians or people in general,do not like when we are not in control of every situation.Brokeness brings a submisive spirit,and thats what God is looking for.
I came across your blog while searching for the author of the quote “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
What a beautiful post. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.
Brokenness is weakness in the eyes of the world, but to the Lord it is courage and triumph and He rejoices in its beauty. For indeed brokenness of spirit is beauty. As Jesus was broken on the cross, so must we share in His sufferings if we would be risen with Him.
That is a great story. In reading your blog that follows, I am reminded of the Biblical verse from 2 Corinthians 12 where where God says “…My power is made perfect in your weakness”. Thank you for sharing!