Life is Messy.

I’m finally learning–finally accepting, the fact that life just is messy.

I am the sort of person who really wants it to be perfect. I want things to make sense, and I want everyone to think I’m perfect, and I want everyone else to be perfect, too, so that my life can be perfect.

Seven younger siblings, two parents, many friends, several plot twists, and 23 years in–and I’m finally accepting that life just isn’t perfect, won’t be perfect–not here.

It’s okay.

It’s broken, we’re broken, I’m broken, and I don’t have to fix everything.

Jesus came down into this messy world. And He got messy Himself, helping. And it’s His job to finally make everything new in its time. Not mine.

And the time isn’t now. Soon, soon… but not now.

For now, I think, we just need to accept it.

We need to know that God uses broken people.

He uses messy situations.

Because He’s just like that.

The Redeemer.

And we need to give each other much grace, much love, much forgiveness, as we stumble along, together on this narrow road. We need to focus on the good in the messy.

Even more, we need to remember that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

He has gone before us and He walks with us. He knows it all– knows how tangled and painful it this life is–and yet He enters in, with us.

We’re not supposed to be comfortable down here. I’m starting to think that’s the point. It’s supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to hurt–not because He’s mean, but because this isn’t home. If it was easy and clean and perfect, we might get confused and think it was. We might get settled down into pursing the trivial, fleeting things of this world.

Sometimes, we mange to do that–but only if we close our eyes and our hearts.

We can’t.

Time is too short to go on pretending that life isn’t messy.

We have to see it, and in His strength, love (not fix) people anyways.

It’s hard, it’s messy, and it’s so worthwhile, in the end.


4 thoughts on “Life is Messy.

  1. Amen! I wish life was picture perfect as it sometimes seems in other people but we live in a broken world so it will always fall short of being what we want it to be. Good thing we have heaven to look forward to! 🙂

    • Haha, I know… why do other people seem to have it together?? 😛 I think the thing is that we all get good at pretending…

      Amen! It would be really depressing if this was all there was.

  2. Good thoughts, Carissa. Life is messy for sure. It was never meant to be. Sin is messy… and we all sin. Sin is painful whether it be our own or someone else’s. It causes separation, turns simple situations into complex ones, makes us want our own way above God’s, etc. The mess is indeed a reminder that He is the redeemer of every mess. He is always faithful.

    I was reading in Nehemiah 9 this week… verses 32 and 33 is Nehemiah talking about messy life…

    “Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness, Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You, Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people, From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day. However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly. ”

    We can come to Him with our mess and He can make something beautiful out of it. He is just and perfectly fair if He chooses not to, but it was for the set before Him that He endured the cross… it is His joy to redeem us from our messes both in the fullest sense and in the smaller ways as well. Keep pressing on to know and love Him more. May He grant you joy in Him through the mess knowing that He is not finished with any of us yet.

    God bless,
    Daniel Osborne

    • Thank you for the comment, Daniel. 🙂

      Yes… I think that’s why it’s so hard for us–it’s all wrong. We still have this odd sort of “memory” of what it’s supposed to be like, and we get frustrated because it isn’t like that anymore. I am really glad He’s a redeemer.

      Thank you for sharing, that passage is quite fitting…

      I’m so grateful He is like that. Thank you, I will, by His grace.

      God bless,

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