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Life Gets Messy

I want you to think back to when you came to know Christ.  Do you remember that rush of excitement?  Life wouldn’t be the same anymore.  Everything was on the upswing.  You saw the world through rose-colored glasses.  Positivity replaced negativity.  The glass wasn’t half-full, it was completely full.

Then reality set in.

Life was still hard.  All of your relationships weren’t miraculously perfect.  You hit some roadblocks.  Maybe you faced some tougher times than you did before.  Life was an uphill climb.  You found out the truth.

Life gets messy.

We would love to believe what some tell us, wouldn’t we?  That we won’t face hard times when we come to know Christ.

I was reminded of that in some situations with my wife, Jan, recently.

She hurts.

Every day is one filled with pain that would make most people quit.  She has always had a high tolerance of pain.  For her to even really tell me that she hurts tells me that most people would stay in bed.

Life gets messy.

She has encountered some other painful situations recently in her life.  Things that affect her emotionally.  Things that bring her down.

Life gets messy.

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The other morning Jan asked me what happened to Job once he went through everything.  The good new is that his riches were restored to him, even more so than before.  He had more children to replace those he lost.  On the other side of the coin, he never found out why all of that stuff happened to him.  God simply asked Job where he was when He was creating the world.

We aren’t guaranteed things will bet better, that the messiness of life will get better.  At least not here on earth.

Jesus tells us His version of the story, though.  He said that His Father’s house has many rooms.  He has gone to prepare a place for us.  He’s coming back for us so that we can live there with Him.

Life gets messy.  But Jesus cleans up the messes and brings us home.

Have you ever found life to be messy?

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  1. August 27, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Life certainly does get messy at times and we struggle. Being a Christian doesn’t mean our life gets easier but it means we never have to face the messy parts alone. Jesus is always right there by my side. His constant companionship has brought me tremendous comfort in the messiness of life. Blessings!

    • August 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Thanks Shelly. Him being there makes it bearable.

  2. August 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Messier than i want it to be. praying for Jan (and you as you watch the one you love go through pain).

  3. August 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Yes. All the time. Relationships are messy. Family is messy. Understanding God is messy.

  4. August 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Absolutely. And it always is amazing to me when people don’t expect it to be so.

  5. August 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    “You saw the world through rose-colored glasses.”

    Always the first problem to be overcome is the newcomer syndrome – usually the hardest problem to overcome because we so want our new faith to *instantly* change our lives (which, in some ways, it does – but not in the ways we’ve trained ourselves to think or in the areas we’ll be made to look).

    Chronic pain sucks – I know no other way to say it that doesn’t mask that central truth or paper it over. God bless you and yours, Larry, in this – and in everything.

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