Oh, you know, where we’re all a hot mess in some way because we live in and were born into a broken world. Truth be told, we’re all broken in some way whether we know it or not. I know it…#TRUTH
Think about it. No one is perfect and certainly no one is exempt from being wounded in this broken world. No one that I know anyway. We won’t get out of here without being touched in some way, shape or form by pain or another’s pain.
Life is just messy like that. What we choose to do with that pain is the deciding factor as how to live in a messy world with messy people and still live and love well in a messy kind of way!
The raw truth is hurt people hurt people. This much we know to be true, right? There is however another truth that I’d like to explore with you.
Healed people can offer healing and freedom to others. I believe that God uses our redeemed pain for a greater purpose. I know He does! I’m living proof of that as are many wounded yet healed warriors! Take my messy life for an example. For the longest time I was one hot mess express in full on denial. Like full on. I just kept trying to clean up the mess, you know, like fix it, but what I’ve found is that it’s in the mess that the epiphanies and miracles come to life and often in color. It has served me well to learn to sit in the heaping messy mess and not just sweep it under the rug.
This mess was not at all the picture perfect as I had dreamed, as I had planned, even more, as I had pretended it to be. Not even close. Suffice it to say, as life unraveled and more things revealed, I had to see what I didn’t want to see. Let me say that again. I had to see what I didn’t want to see. Once I saw it for what it was, I knew I couldn’t return to it. “That would be like a dog returning to its vomit as a fool returns to his folly.” (Prov.26:11) Now thats the ugly truth. The ugly mess! And trust me, once you see it you can’t unsee it. That’s one powerful epiphany! Reread that. Once you see it, the truth that is, you can’t unsee it!
As you know, it’s the truth that sets you free…BUT you have to get to the truth. Often times the truth is covered up with lies we’ve believed. Thats the messy part.
The ugly mess that appeared to be so unredeemable, so unfathomable, so unfair, so undone, looked like one heck of a wasted mess. But that was a lie. Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing is wasted in the kingdom of God.
N.O.T.H.I.N.G…God is still writing your story my dear friends. Quit trying to steal the pen…
Now if I had chosen to stay stuck in the mucky mess there would be an entirely different story. An untold story , a story of defeat. I didn’t want that and knew I couldn’t go around that bend again. That road had a divine detour of which I felt I had no other choice but to run, though my heart was divided , toward it in full on abandon. Now don’t think for one minute that I did this alone. Heck no. It’s taken a village so to speak. There have been many that have gone before us on this messy road called life and who are using their own past messes that God has redeemed to help another get out of their own way in order that they too can walk out this messy life but with freedom! They have been relentless in their pursuit in paving a new a way of living in a messy world. I’m right there with them. That’s where healed sojourners enter the scene of the crime. Our messy lives. We’re all on this messy road together to help, to heal, to guide, to love, to forgive, to move forward toward our destination.
Do you know that both you and I have within us the power to rewrite our story.
At times it will feel like a relentless and forever winding road with no end it sight but rest assured dear friends, life IS messy like that. You are not alone. Your messy journey is just that, yours! It is not however your final destination. Embrace your journey, no matter how messy it is at the moment. It wont last forever. Everything is but for a season.
Dare I suggest that this is the season of which you choose to sit in the mess to experience the miracle.
It’s coming your way. God will NOT delay!
Grace and Love to you dear ones,