I have heard there is a monastery in Greece perched high on a cliff, several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach it is to be suspended in a basket which is pulled to the top by several monks who pull and tug with all their strength. Obviously the ride up the steep cliff in that basket is terrifying.
One tourist got exceedingly nervous about halfway up as he noticed that the rope by which he was suspended was old and frayed. With a trembling voice he asked the monk who was riding with him in the basket how often they changed the rope. The monk thought for a moment and answered serenely, “Whenever it breaks.”
We are shocked that someone would wait that long before changing the rope. It makes sense that the rope ought to be changed long before reaching that point. But it dawned on me that God operates the same way in our lives.
If we ask God when He will change our lives, His answer might be, “Whenever you break.” You see, our lives can only change once we have what the Bible refers to as a “broken spirit.” As long as we remain arrogant and determined to do things our way, God can’t shape us and mold us. Like a wild stallion, we remain useless until we are “broken.”