Life Messes

I was coming out of my youngest daughter’s room last night after putting her to bed and I noticed her older sister’s bedroom, right across the hall. The door was open, just a few inches. In that moment, I could feel God inviting me to come in, have a little talk. So I went in. My daughter, who is almost 19, wasn’t home. She was out with friends, like any other normal teenage girl. So I took those few minutes in her room to pray for her. And as I stood there, praying in the dark, I realized I was in the middle of a mess. Literally, I was standing in the middle of my daughter’s very messy room. But, even in the middle of that mess, I could still pray. Jesus was there in that mess. He was listening and watching everything that was happening in that mess. He was the Guide in that mess, leading the way out.

That prompted me to pray even harder for my daughter. I prayed that she would always know that, no matter what, even in the middle of her messiest messes, she is not alone. Jesus is taking her by the hand and leading her through the mess to get to the other side of it. That she wouldn’t be afraid of going into the mess, because no matter how ugly it may look, there is something beautiful and so worth it, waiting for her on the other side.

It’s real easy to forget when we’re in the middle of our own mess. We forget that we are not in that mess alone. We forget that the One leading us through that mess will never let us go. We forget that just on the other side of that mess is something beautiful waiting for us.

I’m praying for you today. I’m praying that you always feel His presence, even in the middle of your messes. I’m praying that you will not be afraid of your messes, but dive headfirst into them with the confidence of knowing that your Father is leading you through it to the other beautiful side.

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