I like nice-and-neat. I like it in my relationships. I like it in my closets. But I’ve lived long enough to learn that life doesn’t color within the lines. In fact, nice-and-neat only exists on pretty magazine covers.
When you add people to those picture-perfect scenes, drinks spill and hearts get stepped on. Because in real life, people are messy. I’m messy. We as humans fail, fall, run away, misunderstand, misrepresent, miscommunicate, and flat-out lie. It’s what we do.
But God is patiently teaching me to find rest in the mess. He’s showing me that “fixing” everyone and everything won’t ultimately fill that inner craving. Instead, He has life for us to experience even in the middle of what feels like full-on opposition to nice-and-neat.
Hold that messy situation with open hands.
Allow Him to do as He wills. Intercede but then trust Him to work, in His perfect time. Nothing intimidates Him. He’s King. He’s reigning. He’s got this. (Matthew 10:29-31)
Thank Him for the messy.
It sounds strange but if we remember that God only allows the trials into His children’s lives that will bring our greatest good and His greatest glory, then we can’t help but thank Him. (1 Peter 1:6-7) To whine and complain — which I can easily do! — is to say that He’s clueless or powerless or loveless. And that would be ridiculous.
Bring your feelings about the messy straight to Him.
Feelings are real but they aren’t always reliable. (Jeremiah 17:9) I say it all the time but we have to remember to bring our feelings to Him in prayer and then “wash” those feelings with the Truth of His Word. He’s the truth-giver; the enemy’s the lie-slinger.
Jesus came to give us abundant life. And He came to give us life even when our world is far from nice-and-neat. Press into Him and find rest even in the midst of mess.
Fill me, Lord…
How do you find soul-rest even in the middle of messy life situations?
How are my fellow Sermon-on-the-Mount-Memorizers doing? I am SO thankful that you are walking this road with me. I am certain I would have given up by now if I didn’t have our accountability.
Know that wherever you are in the journey, you are always welcome here! So let’s keep memorizing.
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.
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