Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Messy Lives

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
~ John 10:9-11, NIV ~

My hair is greasy, my finger itches. It has a bump on it so I can’t wear my wedding ring. Luke is home from school with pink eye and I’m wondering how in the world I will get the antibiotic drops into his eye since he fights it off.
It’s a bad day but I definitely can’t move to Australia……..

I feel like a wreck and look like one too!  My usual go-to attitude on days like today is to be super grumpy especially since I haven’t slept much the last couple days. Days, weeks, months – even years – in our special need lives can be so tough! They sure haven’t gone according to plan that’s for sure.
Here’s the thing. Real life is messy. In my case right now it is greasy, itchy, pink and goopy. Sorry TMI, I realize.

BUT when Jesus was on earth He entered right into all the grime and was the most realdown to earth person of all time. And He didn’t just play in the mud. He lifted those around out of it and helped them see that He had come so that they would have life and have it to the full.  He helped them know His voice and see that He could (and did!) CHANGE EVERYTHING by dying on the cross, rising again and paying the price for their (OUR) mess.

And He does that now for each of us. He tells us in John 10 that HE is the gate and whoever enters through Him will be saved. Will our lives here then be easy, clean and spot free? NO! At least mine isn’t. How could it be when His life here was far from it?

Amazingly, though, He promises to always be with us in the pasture no matter how dirty, bumpy, greasy or even pink it happens to be.

Prayer: Lord thank you so much for being with us in our messy lives. Help us to know in our hearts and head that this is true.

By Deb Abbs

1 comment:

  1. Thank you. As a Christian, I know that He is with me. However, I need to be reminded of this when the challenges of special needs parenting cause me to lose focus. Thank you for the encouragement.