Monday, December 28, 2015

God Steps Into Our ChristMESS

Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:5,6 NIV

Christmas is over.  After shopping for months and wrapping for days, the gift giving was over in an hour and we took bags of paper trash out to the curb.

So much preparation and work.  So much blessing.  

So much mess!


It was just Bethany and me, snuggling on the couch, drinking hot chocolate and talking about what she wanted to do for the rest of Christmas break.

As we talked, my anxiety began to ramp up as I realized all the "stuff" looming before us! The first week of the New Year brings dental work for Bethany and she's scheduled for ear tube surgery.

On top of the immediate, Jeff and I needed to make some crucial decisions about what  Bethany's "high school" years are going to look like.   

Those thoughts opened the flood gates of stress to all the other impending decisions we needed to make concerning our aging parents, failing health, foster care decisions, and some financial juggling thanks to unexpected expenses. 

My joy began to fizzle and my mind began to turn to mush!

In the wink of an eye, my life went from blessed to big mess.

But I heard a gentle whisper- an offer, really.

"I'm the Master over Messes. Give me every mess and I'll breathe a miracle into it!"

Christmas is over but God is inviting us to celebrate ChristMESS all year.  Jesus must not be afraid of any mess we might encounter- or even the ones we make ourselves!

The world He created started out as a voidless mess.  And He hovered over it and spoke life and purpose. 

The people He created stepped into the "sin" and "death" mess and yet- God overcame sin and death by sending His Son to restore and redeem humanity!

Jesus' life was not easy or pampered.  His parentage was questioned- that's messy!  He was born in a cave with animals- that's stinky messy!  He put on human flesh and walked in real life dirtiness, surrounded by sinners and sickness- His whole life He the Holy One walked in messiness- but He never drew back in fear or revulsion. 

He walked in purpose and victory.

In fact- we learn the most from our messes because that's where we see miracles happen!

Can I learn to let Emmanuel- God with us- walk- work- and win over my everyday messes?

Instead of trying to "do life" on my own- I need to humble myself as a child and cry out for my Abba Father to come in and "miraculize" the mess I call life.

And the bottom line is no one can "do messes" better than our Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace!

No matter how messy life gets-
His grace and love is more.

So rejoice and celebrate with me- Christmas may be over 

but CHRISTmess - 

celebrating CHRIST overcoming our messes- 

can be celebrated every day of our life!

Prayer:  Help us Lord! We invite you into our messes and ask that Christ makes His blessings flow to every part of our life- every day of the year!  Be Lord of our messes and reign in our lives!
In Jesus' Name



  1. He meets us where we are. What an awesome God we have! :)

    Happy New Year!

  2. Wonderful, timely, appropriate encouragement.