Have you ever had one of those days where you start about a million things but finish only one? That was me today: laundry, checkbook, baking, cleaning (you get the picture). I didn’t leave everything partially done. Most of my unfinished tasks have been checked off, but a few have been moved to tomorrow’s list. The thing about having unfinished work is that we always have intentions to complete it, and (if it’s important enough) we make specific plans to get it done. As I looked at the half-folded laundry that had been sitting there for hours, I couldn’t help but think about how we are all unfinished. We are sinners in progress, working toward righteousness, forever grateful for God’s mercy. “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). We are unfinished servants of the Lord, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
There are days when we feel more sinner than servant, when we wonder whether it’s even possible for God to use us, when we question how on earth he can work good from the mess we’re in, but we can be “…confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
You see, just like we don’t simply forget about our incomplete tasks (though, there are many days I’d like to just forget about the laundry), God won’t forget about us. He started us, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). He is with us, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast“ (Psalm 139:7-10). And he has a plan for us, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). Do you understand? You are on God’s list, and he is working on you even at this moment. We are all unfinished, and until the day he calls us home, as Mandisa sings, “I’ll celebrate the truth, His work in me ain’t through, I’m just unfinished.”
Father, thank you for not giving up on me, for loving me enough not to leave me unfinished. Lord, please help me to see your plans for me and to do my part in finishing the work you’ve started. Give me the wisdom to see your will. Give me the courage to follow your lead. Give me the strength to trust even when I can’t see your purpose. And, Lord, let all the glory be given to you.