A few weeks back I remember posting my Facebook status to say:
“Wisdom to share towards the end of the week: When life gets busy, the dishes pile up and the room gets messy! Looking forward to cleaning when I’ve got the time and the hw is done!”
Currently, I feel as though my life’s a mess. Tonight did not go at all how I planned it to go - hope this doesn’t effect tomorrow’s outcome of the day too badly. My room is a mess and when it’s a mess I feel like I am bound to forget something important or not be able to easily find something of that I may need. To make matters worse the kitchen sink is out of commission as of this evening - hopefully that won’t stay the case for long. A friend came over to help me try to find the problem and we did get some of the clog out of the pipe (with a bunch of water leaking from the pipe of course) but after putting everything back together again the sink is still in the same predicament.
Isn’t it interesting to think about the many different messes of life that come about? Messes happen when we organize/re-organize, pack, move, unpack travel, return from vacations, cars get messy, kitchens get messy, rooms in the house become the catch all places for many piles to build up, offices get messy, etc. Anything that we use has the potential to develop a mess.
I was thinking about how frustrated I was becoming in the fact I couldn’t clean up a mess on my own tonight. At first I found it ironic, because the past couple of summers I have helped clean many cabins and various places all over the camp I’ve been employed at. There were many times during those summers I was burnt out and did not care to be cleaning up other people’s messes. I longed for company during the ridiculous times of the job when we got sick of cleaning and would listen to songs over and over on our iPODs to get through the annoying parts of the job.
But Thanks be to God - He continues to teach me in each season of life I go through! Ever since I’ve been back to school, cleaning more often than not re-energizes me. (You can call me crazy - I’m guessing it’s my excuse of not having to get to homework right away - “dishes in the kitchen? I don’t mind I can clean those up…”) I find joy in it - and there’s no money coming at me for the “work” I am doing. It is rewarding to see a mess, deal with it, and keep on doing the other tasks of the day.
And with all this talk about messes…well God once again reminded me how much of a mess I would be for eternity if I didn’t have Christ. Praise God for sending his son to take care of the biggest mess of all - sin and all that the devil tempts me to do or experience in this life.
I’m reminded of this scripture:
“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5-8)
This is a trustworthy saying and I’m thankful that there is no mess big enough to outdo my Lord. While everything in my life may not be clean and orderly at the moment, I know the messes will only continue but they are only temporary!