Grateful in the Midst of the Mess

We recently had a … situation in our little family that kept us home for two days. It was a mess of a problem. But, let me tell you truly, God is in your mess.

God works in all situations, but I wonder if some of His greatest work is done in our messiest moments. You know…those moments when you’re completely exasperated, at your wits’ end, are throwing your hands up in utter what-the-heckness, and total surrender to your circumstance knowing there’s nothing you can do but go through the guts. Those are the moments I think God works some of His greatest miracles in His mysterious and glorious ways.

In the beginning of the mess of this situation, I was stunned. Have you ever dropped something that splattered and got everywhere and you just kind of stood there in shocked panic not sure what to do for a minute? That was the start of our mess. I stood there going, oh my gosh, what do I do? One initial reaction I got when I shared what we were dealing with was, “Oh dude.” Yeah. My sentiments exactly: oh dude.

Once the shock subsided and I realized I was really going to have to deal with it, I sprung into action and got things moving. Then, in the midst of the mess, as I was knee-deep in the guts of it, I was struck with something: I’m grateful for this mess. !!! If you know the situation, you get why that’s such a weird thing to say.

I couldn’t believe it! There I was, dealing with one of the most nightmarish things I’ve had to deal with in my adult/parenting life, and I was thanking God for the terribleness of it all. As I praised Him for His faithfulness even in the mess, something kind of broke. Suddenly everything in the mess and about the mess became beautiful. He changed my perspective. How glorious! How marvelous are His works!

Even doing the laundry became a joy (and you know how I loathe laundry). This mess created a blessing I cherished. I got to spend 2 days of real, quality time with my kids, have two days of worship and praise, and a strange new joy came out of a kind of depressed (and truthfully a pathetic and self-absorbed) place I’d been in lately.

These kinds of miracles are my favorite. When God gets down in the trenches with you and changes your perspective, it’s a miracle. When He shows up and reminds you of His love and compassion when you’re at your worst and ya look all ugly, it’s a miracle. When He lifts your head at the lowest point of your circumstance, it’s a miracle.

If we were to realize the great miracles He gives us each day, we would be living very different lives.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22-23

So, be grateful (as I am learning to be more). Praise Him for those “terrible” moments. Give thanks for all things, including the things that make you cringe and want to run away screaming from. He is faithful, so faithful! He’s faithful even in the midst of the mess.

Prayer: Thanks for the messes of life that turn my eyes to You, Jesus. Thank You for being ever faithful in the midst of my every circumstance. Thank You for changing my perspective and allowing me to see the goodness of who You are in even the difficult and messy times. Thank You for revealing Yourself in times of trouble. Thank You that the joy of the Lord, or of knowing You and Your Sovereignty and Love, is my strength. Continue Your work in my life. You are worthy of all praise and honor. Amen

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