A Mess Can Always Be Beautiful Again
The world looks more messy than ever today. There is fear, panic, hysteria, yelling, hoarding, unsettled nerves, falling stocks, job loss...the list of mess is long.
The "WHAT IF" game is STRONG right now.
What if my family doesn't have enough?
What if my company closes and can't open again?
What if we never recover from this?
The rabbit hole of "What ifs" is never ending. It is the deepest hole there is. Once you go down it, it's hard to climb out.
The inundation with news and new findings is hard to mute. We want to be informed and knowledgable but to what cost?
Information is endless right now. It is in your pretty Instagram feed, your crazy Facebook, your Twitter scroll, your email inbox...it. is. everywhere.
BUT what if we dug down and found the audacity to look at the other WHAT IF list? The one that NO ONE is talking about. The one that is harder to climb into because it requires hope and a new attitude. One that the world and it's people might not be wired to turn to.
What if the mess we see right now is the makings of a beautiful new world?
What if the closing and canceling and shutting down of events and activities does this:
Deepens the connections with our kids.
Reminds us that time is fleeting and what a gift it is to have it with one another.
Shows us that good people still sit on the foundation of love.
Allows us to slow down and appreciate the little things we rush through normally.
Gives us rest that we normally would not take.
Remind us that busy is a badge of armor that doesn't make us more worthy.
Show us that we can do just fine with less and in fact we have more than we need when we are forced to look.
And maybe, just maybe the biggest "WHAT IF" is this...that we see God, feel God, turn to Him, or finally realize just how powerful He is.
Maybe it becomes a catalyst in your life that YOUR way isn't working but His way looks like a comforting blanket of hope, love and certainty.
I don't believe He wants to harm any of us. I believe He is good even when it feels terrible. I believe He wants to restore humanity and perhaps make the world a little better with more hope than ever before.
I believe He has called those who do hope and believe to show Him in their words, the way they react to what is happening and the way they help others.
No one will know Him if we stay quiet, closed off and shut our hearts down.
No one will know Him if we turn off your light and don't let anyone in.
No one will know Him if we don't share good words of hope and truth with those frustrated and worried.
He has commanded us of ONE thing, LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
It is our chance to help tidy the mess and make it beautiful again. It is our chance to be a part of His plan.
It is our chance to change the narrative and the "What If" list.
We get to work with Him if we decide to take on that job.
There are millions of stories that will be shared when it's all over. The beauty will shine through the mess. Always. It is a hope I have deep in my heart and a truth I will sit on forever and ever. For all the days God gives me on this earth.
I am not naive and I am not chasing rainbows and butterflies in the midst of a pandemic. I am chasing what I know and that is His security. I have seen His own work in my life. He made losses, grief and so many messes beautiful again. While I don't understand why those things happen or what is happening now, I will one day in Heaven. Until then, I will sit on hope and love because that has transformed every piece of my heart.
And I will believe it when you feel like you can not. I will love you when you think everyone has forgotten you. I will pray for your livelihood and family when you can not and I won't apologize for the over abundant preaching of joy and love because THAT is the cure, the clean up, the restoration for the mess we all sit in today.