I’m delighted to have my friend Bethany as my guest today!
I first met Bethany through a twitter linkup a year ago and she was so generous with her friendship and her encouragement online. And to have her here being generous and encouraging and real with her words today is the best way I could think of to start my week! Will you give her a warm welcome and share her words with someone today?
There are days life is a mess.
Like the morning I spilled three glasses of water, got hot chocolate all over my clothes, ripped my lunch bag and forgot my needed sweater.
The mess got to my heart next.
Within the hour I was at work in a special needs classroom. A student, twice my size, was spread out starfish style on the floor throwing a fit. My heart was flustered, unsure of how to help and what the student needed.
Frazzled by the mess of the day, I was just quietly asking “Lord?”
He brought up a truth that my clumsy butterfingers and flailing heart try to cling to: my mess is still His order.
I believe God’s order often looks like a mess to us. We determine that unexpected things mean chaos. When things don’t go our way or we don’t see any point in the basic sloppy nature of day-to-day living, we feel like all is disastrous mess.
But the “mess” He gives us is neatly organized within His will.But the “mess” He gives us is neatly organized within His will. Click To Tweet
We see the “mess” of it because our insufficient outlook distorts things. That’s why so many of His commandments seem upside down and backwards.
Because we respond based off of our limited perception, students’ fits on the floor make us want to join in, not help out.
Short-sightedness makes dabbing spilled cocoa out of clothing seem more important than speaking kind words and saying goodbye to the loved ones who watch us tear out the door each morning.
Orderliness isn’t about pretty and sanitary like we believe it to be. Order, designed by God, is about priorities.
Priorities determine how order is organized. All that is truly done to glorify God is done prioritizing Him. Our whole lives –every bit of them- are ordered according to God’s great plans because His will is the top priority. We live (in fact, we were created!) in His will. There is no greater peace than trusting and living according to His will because that is what we were made for. That’s what our days were ordained, for.
Sin distorts this.
Sin takes all that’s outside of our control and all of our failings. Our shortsightedness derives from that sin-perspective. It heaps it together like a lopsided scarecrow warning us: it’s messy over here, stay back.
We must walk past the labels scaring us off. Remember the truth:
Our mess is God’s order.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” –Colossians 1:16-17
If God created us, then the God who never makes mistakes created a living, breathing, beautiful mess.
If God has plans for us and they began years ago (not tomorrow or the next day), then the God of all ordained even the craziest of days for purposes only He can fathom.
If God holds our times in His hands, then He must be alright with showing up a few minutes late. Because sometimes part of our mess is loving people who are more important than being on time.
If God created all this that through our lenses of sin (self, gain, etc.) looks like a mess, then He is holding it all together. And using it for His glory.
His order, His priorities. Souls always come first.
Spilled cocoa and full-blown fits might feel like disaster to me. But in the hands of the one who holds the time, plans my days, and created this thankful, sloppy soul, all is well if His priorities reign.My prayer is that you and I would believe in His order being the best. Click To Tweet
My prayer is that you and I would believe in His order being the best. That we would seek His priorities as we slip on spills and stumble in awkward situations.
I pray that the next tantrums we face (whether our own or another’s) would be met with the sort of upside down love that is right in line with the Lord’s will.
Sharing with the linkup today with Jennifer Dukes Lee’s #TellHisStory and this week with #CoffeeForYourHeart with Holley Gerth too!
A learner at heart, Bethany McIlrath believes that listening to the Lord’s Word and being attentive to all that He teaches her through daily life is a priceless blessing. Eager to share about her Savior, you can find Bethany’s writing on her blog: First and Second Blog. She would love to connect with you on Twitter or Facebook as well.