Thank You for the Mess

I am by no means a neat freak. I don't have to have everything put away just right and spotless to be okay with my surroundings. However, I'm not a big fan of a huge mess. I think it's human nature to be able to function a little more clearly when the space around us is a little more clear.

Going beyond tidy in the physical, I can see that we strive for life to be less out of sorts and more comfortable. But what about when it's not?

I was reading in Joel this morning, and stuff had gone way wrong. Their crops were destroyed. The grain was ruined, the new wine had dried up, and the oil failed. It was a mess. But it was a necessary mess.

I urge you to read all three chapters of what the Lord spoke through the prophet Joel. We tend to hone in on what Peter quoted in Acts - the prophecy of the Lord pouring out His Spirit on all flesh - but there was some stuff that had to take place before that.

There had to be a response to the mess.

Our responses can range from complaining about the circumstances to packing up and looking for a more peaceful situation. We could blame God for the army of locusts that He sent as consequence for OUR wrongdoing, or we could try and clean up the mess ourselves. However, I encourage you to take to heart the response noted in Joel.

"'Now, therefore,' says the Lord, 'Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.'"

Rather than complain about something being wrong and uncomfortable in your life, consider that perhaps the Lord is allowing the wrong and uncomfortable to draw you to Him. Consider that maybe this is the way that He knows will get your attention.

Too often comfortable circumstances cause our heads to look away from necessary fasting and seeking Him. Lord, thank You for the mess that stirs me to cry out to You.

Father, whatever it takes to cause me to seek You, let it be. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Joel 1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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