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“Bob, Cleanup on Aisle Four . . . Bring a Mop!”

“Bob, cleanup on aisle four . . . bring a mop!”

When I heard this announcement over the Walmart intercom as I pushed my full grocery cart, I was reminded of how messy life can sometimes be.

Ever felt like your decisions or the circumstances that others have created for you are such a big mess that there is no way to even know where to start the cleanup? Do you wonder if the mess can ever fully be cleaned up? These situations can feel like having a huge chunk of bubble gum caught in your hair and the more you try to brush it, comb it, or even wash it, there seems to be no removing it. Maybe it’s a bankruptcy, divorce, child custody battle, or an addiction. Will the bubble gum hair have to be yanked out or cut out, leaving a huge bald spot on your soul? Only God knows how to clean up these kinds of messes, and He has not seen a heartache big enough that He can’t fix, redeem, and use for good.

Romans 8:28—”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

King David, “a man after God’s own heart,” was home when he should’ve been at war, and he caught a glimpse of Bathsheba bathing. The glimpse turned into a taking of another man’s wife, the killing of her husband, and the conception of a child. David was so blinded by his own sin that God had to send Nathan to confront him. After David repented, God started to clean up the mess in David’s heart. Yes, there were consequences for sure. A man was dead, and his grieving widow had been forced to marry King David.

Sometimes we create the mess ourselves, and sometimes others have created the mess for us (2 Samuel 11 & 12). “But you don’t understand!” we scream. “I’m in this awful mess because of someone else’s choices.” Life is messy . . . sometimes to no fault of our own. He is big, He is all-knowing, and He understands what messy looks like and feels like. He bore the greatest mess of all. He was crucified. Ever pondered what that ultimate messy heartache felt like? To be betrayed by a friend, Judas, and denied by another, Peter. To hang on a cross as an innocent man and ultimately give your life for others? Messy heartache indeed.

I’m praying for you today as you have the courage to release your mess to His care today and then to do it again tomorrow, knowing that greater is He that is in you than He that is the world. (1 John 4:4)

He is with you, and He has overcome this world for you.

Jesus told His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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