|Invite God into the midst of the messy. rgbstock photo|
I just don’t like a messy whatever (room, house, relationship, situation, or world).
Right now, my house is messy due to the blessing of sprucing up walls with paint.
You know this kind of messy?
- Dirt, grime, and gunk
- Walls stripped of beauty
- Interruptions to the normal routine
- Trusting strangers to do the job well.
I don’t like it when my world is messy either.
Messy life involves me getting out of the routine, out of the comfort zone; it involves a great amount of trust. Trusting others and ultimately, God.
Messy life involves flexibility.
I know you can identify with a messy world.
What do we do when life gets messy? We adapt.
We move forward taking the next step, making the next decision
in the mundane and the monumental.
My home is a mess and it’s driving me bananas! In the end, though, its walls are going to be pretty. This fresh white is covering the scrapes and smudges built up from 11 years of real life. That sand castle color is replacing the lifting wallpaper and enhancing the daily preparation for life. The reflecting pool gray-green-blue will lighten the dark and rusty world that was present before.
So it is with a messy life. It’s temporary work of scraping and sanding to prepare for the beauty to come. Beauty from ashes, right? Yes, and beauty from being nutty in the mundane and monumental, to rising above the circumstances standing strong in God’s strength and might to face the challenges ahead.
From a tiny and insignificant but promising nut to the big, flourishing, and completed tree – such is that oak of righteousness of the soul struggling through messy life but hanging onto her Maker!
Isaiah 61:3 says, “To all who mourn in Israel, he [God] will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” – NLT
Today, I look forward to the “insteads” of God in the midst of my messy because I so need a fresh coat of His grace. I’m desperate for His covering over of my flaws with His perfection. I’m ready for all the messy to be replaced with His beauty, blessing, and I will praise Him.
Even in the midst of it all, God is at work promising that the messy is going to pass and the promise of good things to come is at work. He’s allowing the messy so that His glory is magnified in the end product! Yes!
Let us endure the messy moments and messy months as God is at work in our lives. Let us be people who let Him do the work so we’ll display His splendor in the end and we can say, “I had nothing to do with it. It was all God in the midst of my messy and to Him belongs the glory, honor, and praise.”
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