The Mess

For Christmas I received a book entitled Little Promises Hope and Encouragement from Our Daily Bread. It is a compilation of thought-provoking phrases and Bible verses. As I thumbed thru it looking for a devotional idea, a picture of a messy dresser caught my eye. It was colorful, chaotic and overflowing with the tangible items one would find on or in a dresser. It even had sporting equipment and magazines and random items one might want to “hide” out of sight. On the preceding page was a quote by David McCasland, “Life is messy, but God is greater than the mess.”

Now, I’m fairly particular about most things (shocking to some I know) but there are things that sometimes get a little messy. Like the pile of shoes at the door, or the mail that can wait until later. Then there are the intangible things like relationships or careers. Sometimes these things can get a little bit messy too.

It’s a new year, full of new hopes and dreams, promises, goals and intentions. Sometimes trying to achieve and reach all these things can feel and be a bit tricky and messy. Sometimes, the mess and the chaos are a result of circumstances beyond our own control and it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees.

While we can try our best to control things, sometimes, we must let go and let God. You may have heard of Event (E) + Response (R) = Outcome (O). The “R” is one of my intentions for this new year. I may not have control over the event that has occurred but how I choose to handle something and the choices that I make can affect the outcome.

It is also important to include God in my response. 2 Samuel 22:29 says it well; “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” When we are feeling bogged down by the messes and chaos in life, God has our back. He’s got it all under control and if we stop fighting the chaos and the messy things in life, they can be colorful, perhaps even educational.

Dear God, Thank you for the mess and the chaos that we experience in life. Please help us to remember that You will walk with us thru it all, sometimes carrying us when it becomes too much. May we find the colorful moments in all that we experience. Thank you for being greater than the mess and for shining a light so that our light too can shine. In your name we pray, Amen.

Note: If you have a second, check out Greater than the Mess at Our Daily Bread at https://odb.org/2016/04/25/greater-than-the-mess/

April Schauer

Please join us in reading the Daily Texts : Psalm 5:1-2 and Mark 9:24

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