The other night I sat in my living room feeding Jayla. As I looked around, I thought to myself, “Five hours ago this room was clean – like dusted and vacuumed clean. Now shoes, toys, laundry, and a few other random things litter the floor. I’m pretty sure I either picked up many of those things earlier or told someone else to pick them up.” If you have kids (or a husband), you know the feeling.
As I thought about my messy room, I started to think about my messy life. What if God looked down on my life and thought, “Didn’t I just clean up that life? I already sent my spirit to show her what I want from her, yet, she still hasn’t done it. I’m pretty sure I forgave her for that sin yesterday, but it’s found it’s way back. I’ve been trying to get her to pick up that book (the Bible) for days.” Some days, we feel like everything is in it’s place: clean, organized, dusted, nice and neat. But then, life happens and everything is a mess again. Thankfully, the Lord looks down at our messy lives and loves us anyway. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. In other words: God loves us even when our lives are messy. The proof? He sent his son to die for us though we were still sinners.
The toys, shoes, and laundry all over the living room are signs of life, signs of the family that I love, so, I guess in a way, I love my living room despite the mess. However, I still want it cleaned up. Does God want us to clean up our messy lives? Yes. He still loves us, but he wants us to clean up. He wants us to look at our own mess and recognize what’s lying all over and pick it up. If we feel him urging us to do something, we need to obey. If we are struggling with a particular sin that seems to continue to litter our lives, we need to focus on repenting and changing.
When I ask my kids to clean up that messy living room, they often look at me and say, “Will you help me?” They look at the mess and think that it is impossible for them to clean it up on their own. It may be the same in our lives. We look at our mess and think there’s no way I can do this on my own. I can’t change, I can’t accomplish that, I can’t forgive, I can’t get over this, I can’t stop. To my kids, I would say that the word can’t isn’t allowed in our house, but in the reality of our messy lives, we can’t clean up some of these things on our own; we need God. In Matthew 19:26 this message is clear, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” When our lives get so messy that it seems impossible to clean them up, we should go to God in prayer, and say, “Will you help me?” His response will always be yes. He won’t do it for us; we have to do our part, but he will be there to help. Together, our messy lives can be cleaned up.
Lord, I know that my life can be a mess; I am so grateful that you love me anyway. Thank you for always being there to help me clean up even when things seem impossible. Help me to always remember to turn to you. When I see my messy house, help me to be grateful for the blessings that create that mess. Thank you for the blessing of your word and for speaking to me through it.