Why a Beautiful Mess?

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I am a writer by nature. I can remember from a very early age, keeping a diary, and making sure to enter every night carefully what I was thinking through that day. Lately, I’ve been struggling to process a lot of what is going on in the world, with me personally, as well as the world around me. I keep thinking “why can’t everyone just get along?” and “why can’t my life go according to plan?”. It’s such a mess some days!

You may know me personally, or you may have randomly stumbled upon this, but I believe in a higher being. I believe that all this chaos is not so random; that God is not surprised by anything, and in fact, allows things to happen, that though may not make one bit of sense to me, but in fact, when He looks at His great plan, it is exactly what He needs to accomplish. As my mentor says, “He accomplishes what He hates sometimes in order to accomplish what He loves.”

I believe in this there is a lot of beauty because if God is the creator of the world, then everything He makes is beautiful, even when it may seem like a giant mess.

One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 46. In verses 1-4, the psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

The earth has just fallen away, literally into the sea. It sounds like a giant mess to me! Yet, the psalmist goes on to talk about this place where God is, and in verse 7, he says, “The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.” God is in the midst of our chaos. He hasn’t left even when it looks like the end to us; our God has not abandoned us.

Then, my life verse, “He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’ “.

This is where I struggle. How can I be still when there’s chaos? How can I be still when my house is literally a mess? Or my to-do list? Or my relationships? Yet, He calls me to be reminded it’s not up to me. He’s in control, and has not left my side.

Here’s my challenge for the day. Read though Psalm 46, and think about:

  • What is creating a mess in your life right now?
  • Are you contributing to that mess, or trusting God in it?
  • How do you need to be still today before Him?

 

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