Do you ever wish your life tied up in a pretty little bow? Like the house was always spotless, with everything constantly in it’s place. Your children were always clean and proper and they always made good grades and looked like they walked out of a magazine instead of out of a candy factory.. Your husband came home at 5 every night with roses or chocolate and you had dinner on the table with a smile on your face… Your clothes were always ironed and your weight was always ideal. Your family would laugh around the dinner table and everyone would smile and it would be beautiful?
Me too. But it doesn’t. My life looks more like a circus than a movie scene out of the 50’s.
I think the chaos of life often times causes us to pray prayers like “God please help me be more productive.” “God please help me to not screw up my kids too badly.” “God please help my husband look past the mess tonight.” “God please help me lose the extra weight quickly.” “Please God fix it.”
Now, I am not saying we shouldn’t pray prayers like these sometimes, but what if there is a better way?
What if letting Jesus hold you in the middle of your chaos is more important than trying to get God to fix your chaos?
The Israelites knew a thing or two about chaotic environments. They spent most of their time wandering around, fighting, and grumbling. In Deuteronomy Moses reminds them of their journey with God out of Egypt and into the promised land. Let’s look at Deuteronomy 1:27-31 NIV together.
“You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’” Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
The Israelites had been in slavery for years, but even in their freedom they found things chaotic and messy. Can you relate? In verse 27 they said, “The Lord hates us, so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.”
Do you ever feel like God delivered you from one place or situation just to let you fail and fall into the hands of another hopeless situation?
I have.. But Moses’ words in verses 30-31 encourage me: “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
What did God do in the wilderness?
After reconciliation, life will still be messy. There will still be seasons and things that we have to overcome, but during the hard times we can trust that God will carry us.
Thank you that my life doesn’t tie up in a pretty little bow. I pray that during the messy, chaotic parts of life that I will remember to let you hold me. God shift my view from one of seeing only the problem, to a view of your hand at work instead. Thank you for the chaotic parts of life, they bring opportunities for you to carry me to a new place. I love you.
In Jesus’ Name,