What A Mess

What A Mess by Kim Spahr

This has been the most difficult post to write. It’s partly because my desk is a mess and it’s partly because I am not quite at home in my office.  I have been here 3 years now and it still doesn’t feel like me.

On my desk is stuff. There really isn’t any room for a cup of tea.  I tried to start organizing this place but it hasn’t happened. There are pictures of my precious granddaughter that I don’t know what to do with and cards that my children have sent me for special occasions filled with sweet words they have written to me that I don’t know what to do with. I can’t keep them forever.  There is also a stack of DVDs that I have gotten a “good deal” on through the Friends of the Library that are not downstairs by our TV because I haven’t found the right kind of baskets that I want to store them in. People would argue I don’t even need to keep them because of Netflix (which I am totally out of the loop with). There are receipts that I thought I should keep that are obviously outdated by now.  My office needs a redo.

God says He can still speak to me in the midst of my mess.  My mess frustrates me and when I come home from work I don’t want to deal with mess. But we all have to deal with it sooner or later.  How about you? Is there a part of your life that is a mess that you don’t know quite how to deal with yet and the mess is driving your crazy?  Isn’t it so great that God can still talk to us in the midst of our mess and that things don’t have to be perfectly in place? Our lives don’t have to be perfect either for us to hear Him. Don’t think for a second that you have to get everything in order (be it a physical, emotional, or spiritual mess) before you can sit down and talk to God. The fact is He is always with us. Emmanuel. God with us.  That is His name. The world was a mess when He came as a babe and the world is a mega mess today and still He is here in the midst of it all. Hallelujah!

There’s a time to deal with mess (I am going to deal with my office this coming Saturday).  There is a time to be still in the midst of mess and know that He is Lord. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, there has been a mess of some type and there will be until Jesus returns. We need His peace and it can only be found in Him. Take some time to rest in this coming holiday season and listen to Him talk to you.  It’s the holiday season that brings life to autumn and winter but boy how it can “come like a lion and go out like a lion” and we’re left drained and exhausted and needing a couple of days off from life to recuperate. Let’s take our cue from the seasons (and the bears) and rest.

My life verse is Matthew 11: 28, 29.  “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  

The Amplified Bible defines rest as relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet. Isn’t that what we are all looking for?  So let’s take some time acknowledging the presence of the living God with us and feel His peace enter our beings in every situation (I can feel the calm come over me just writing about it). Let Jesus lead you beside the still waters and restore your soul (Psalm 23).  Do you notice the word “rest” in “restore”? Hmmmmm……

Now there is a balance. There is a time to rest and a time to work.  Looking at my office I am either too busy or resting too much. Hmmmm.  Proverbs warns us numerous times about being slothful. Only you and the Lord know if it is one or the other. This mess isn’t going to disappear just by itself, but I do believe the Lord will give me ideas as I take time to give it to Him of how to organize all those pictures and what to throw away and what to keep.  He will help you to either get through the mess or to unravel it with His peace and strength. Hallelujah! He is good!

May the reality, the experience of the presence of God with you, Emmanuel, be inside of you this holiday season.  May you know the peace that passes all understanding. May joy of having Jesus as Your Savior fill you to overflowing. Amen!

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