Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A Beautiful Mess
I am a do it myself kind of gal. In many parts of my life, I simply decide that God needs a little help and I opt to "give him a hand". Inevitably, that is precisely when life really starts to get messy.
With my limited perspective, things inevitably get tangled, and before long my situation look ugly. Discouraged and overwhelmed, I must then hand it all back to God and ask Him to fix my mess. Sometimes I picture God, shaking His holy head and nudging Jesus as He says, "Watch this. When will she ever learn? She is such a mess maker!"
Thankfully, my mess is nothing compared my God's love for me.
He forgives my sin.
Comforts me in my pain.
Assures me all is well.
For He is not shaken by my mess.
In fact, one day this mess shall become beautiful.
Despite my mess, God sees the best in me. Where others see failure, the LORD sees potential. When He looks upon my mess, He sees His Son. Jesus took my mess to the Cross. And because of Christ's great sacrifice, I can boldly approach the throne and present myself to God. Mess and all.
Even though I will never be worthy, He draws me near with assurance. For "the Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever." (Psalm 138:8 NIV)Since I am His child, the LORD willingly takes my mess. Then, God uses it for His glory.
Dear Heavenly Father,
How grateful I am that You, great God, are big enough to get Your hands dirty with a mess like me. I praise You for the ways You work in my life to clean up the messes I leave behind. Forgive me, Father, for my careless mistakes. Let your great love and power be the driving force that cleans up the mess I leave behind. Give me guidance as I teach my children to avoid the mess, and run straight to you, LORD.
Reflection: What mess in your life requires God's intervention?