Have you ever found yourself in the middle of the mess, any mess, and wonder how you got there? again? I have. And I’m in one again. And I find it amazing that a book has been sitting on my shelve for a few weeks, but when I picked it up last week, it had the words I needed to hear.
In the Middle of the Mess, Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life by Sheila Walsh has been a balm to my messy heart.
It’s okay not to be okay. Have you heard that before? I have, but is it true? We look around in our neighborhoods, the office, our churches, and everyone is fine, right?
It is probably true that most people are fighting battles in private. Whether it be pain, physical or emotional, or depression, loss, loneliness…we are likely all in the middle of some mess.
These private battles can isolate us, from other people, and from God. But look at these words:
“We see ourselves from the perspective of the mud we’re sitting in, but God sees us through the blood of Christ that washes us clean, in the present, in the middle of our messes.”
We are not alone. We are seen, we are loved, and we are offered God’s presence and cleansing right there in our mess. We don’t need to hide or pretend. We can be truthful in prayer, tell God exactly how we feel, what we fear, how we wonder what’s next.
In being truthful with God, we can find the courage to be truthful with ourselves. Telling myself the truth, a truth that has evaded me for many years, might be hard, but it can set me free from one more tangled up mess.
If you are in the middle of the mess, I want to pray for you.
May the God of grace and truth help you to lean into Him, and trust Him. May He draw a faithful few around you to sit beside you, to listen, and to pray. In Jesus powerful and effective name, amen.
The book mentioned in this post was supplied to me by Handlebar Publishing, in exchange for my impressions of the book.