It’s Friday! I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker again for Five Minute Friday: five minutes of unedited writing about a specific prompt. Lisa-Jo’s prompt speaks directly to me yet again. (I’m beginning to think she peeks into my brain and heart before picking her prompts!) Anyways… Here goes nothing:
I am a mess. I mean, aren’t we all?
My messiness isn’t just internal. It spills into everything I do, especially my housekeeping habits- or lack there of. Here is the thing. I no longer let me mess stop me. I learned to say yes in the middle of my mess.
If I were to wait until everything was neat, tidy, or in order, I would never say yes. The good news is I don’t need to have everything together. Messy is exactly how God expects me to show up.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul said while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) In his letter to the Ephesians he said it like this:
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! ~Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT
You can’t be any more of a mess than a stinking, rotting dead person.
So, what are you waiting for? To get cleaned up? To figure things out? To have all your fences mended and your plans laid out perfectly? Those things will never happen. We have to say yes in the middle of our mess!
The mess is where the miracle happens. Jesus moves into our mess and starts cleaning everything up. He makes all things brand new. He makes beauty for ashes. That’s something I could never do- no matter how hard I try.
Kristen Welch from the We are THAT Family Blog penned a beautiful memoir about this very thing. Listen to her story; then head over to Amazon and purchase your copy of Rhinestone Jesus and read about the great big yes she said in the middle of her mess.
Are you ready to say yes in the middle of your mess? Leave a comment and let me know.