I was having one of those weeks – I couldn’t keep on top of the housework, everywhere I looked I saw mess and jobs that needed to be done. I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed. By the time the weekend rolled around I couldn’t cope any longer, so I launched Operation Restore-Order. By lunchtime the house was looking good. Feeling satisfied, I continued to be a domestic diva and baked a batch of choc chip cookies. Just as I was pulling the biscuits out of the oven, my house tidy, the yummy smells of home-cooking filling it, I heard a car in the driveway. My mother-in-law had dropped in for an unannounced visit.
Talk about good timing! Why not just nominate me for world’s best daughter-in-law right now.
Consider though – if she’d dropped in just a few hours earlier, she would have found a different scenario. Not a spick and span house, but more of a mess. I wouldn’t have been feeling satisfied and domesticated, but frazzled and overwhelmed.
So, which was the real me?
The answer is both. Sometimes I can look good – and sometimes I am a mess. Sometimes I am a joy to be around, and other times, well, maybe you’d rather stay away. Sometimes I react with grace and patience, and other times with impatience and insensitivity. Sometimes my house is tidy and sometimes it is messy.
Our MOPS theme this year is A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story. Our theme verse is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”.
I am God’s masterpiece. Wow. God is working on me, crafting me, moulding me. It’s comforting to know that God is not finished with me – I am a work in progress. His work.
God is able to take the mess of my story and, because of Jesus, make something beautiful. I can’t always see day by day how He is doing this, but He is. However, I can look back and see how He has already done that with my past. Knowing this, I can trust Him to do this with whatever the future holds.
But you know what? Too often my preference is to hide my mess and not let others see it. Just as we throw the washing on our bed and close the door when someone unexpected visits, we can do that with our story. We hide the messy bits away and only show the good bits. Social media has taken this ability to “impression manage” to new extremes.
When we hide the messy bits away, we are also hiding the message of hope we can give others. Ouch! The reality is that everyone of us is messy. This year we have a wonderful opportunity. As we embrace and share our own story, we have the opportunity to offer hope. Every person needs to hear the good news that our God is the only one who can take our mess and make something beautiful from it. No person is too messy for him, no story too hard for him to redeem and make something beautiful.
Together this year, supporting and encouraging each other, let’s be challenged to embrace and share our story.
My name is Donna Hill, and I am messy. My story is messy. But God is working in me to make something beautiful. I am His masterpiece. He can do that for you.
A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story.
Field Staff Manager
Revealing the Mess
24 February 2014