Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Beautiful Mess

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I have a confession to make. My house is a mess. There. I said it. My house is a flippin’ mess. It looks like hurricane Hugo, part 2. There are Tonka trucks in the living room, clothes stacked up to high heaven, and dishes piled up in the sink. I have been struggling with being pregnant, having a heart condition that has literally sucked the energy right out of me, and trying to figure out how to keep it all together with a two-year old going right behind me and messing up what I have just cleaned up. Sometimes it’s enough to make me want to pull my hair out. It’s almost like a drowning sensation, there’s so much I want to do but no matter how I try, I can’t do it. I am forever dog paddling to try to feel some relief from all the mess, not to stay afloat, but to get my head above water for just a few brief moments to breathe.   The other day I stood in my livingroom and could do nothing but look up and shout “Please God, help me with this mess! I am feeling so overwhelmed!” Then I heard a still small voice speak to my heart and say, “It’s just a mess to you, but remember, it’s MY mess.” I couldn’t believe my ears. Was God serious? Did He mean to tell me that all the junk scattered everywhere was actually something HE wanted me to learn from, to become a message that He ordained? Then it hit me, yep, it sure enough was. In the midst of my cry for help from Him, He showed me that He had His omnipotent hand on me, no matter the circumstances. Our lives can sometimes looks like an utter junk-hole; no matter how much we try to clean up or get it right, it all ends up reflecting the mess we tried to get rid of to begin with. You see my friends, that is wherein our problems lie, WE try to clean life’s messes up on our own. The messes that we have made or that we have allowed others to make in our lives can’t simply be swept under the rug or thrown in a closet somewhere to be hid from the view. In order to be truly clean, the mess has to be completely and totally cleaned out from every crack, corner, and crevice, and there’s only one person who can clean us and all our messes up, and that’s God. No matter the mess you currently find yourself in, God’s got a reason for it. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ”  Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Never forget that He already knows the mess you’re in, and He knows how to clean it up and work it all out for your good. In the midst of your mess, in the center of your trash, in the eye of your storm, there is beauty. Beauty in finding that there is a Savior who loves your mess, but loves you too much to leave to leave it that way. There is a Galilean who even in the darkest of  nights is walking by your side. There is a Prince of Peace who made a royal decree that you no longer have to drown in your sinful state, you can be set free of the calamities of life by accepting Him as Lord of all. In closing, I’d like to leave you all with a quote from one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis. “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specifically armed you to go through it, not without pain, but without stain.”