A mess called life

“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good…. With Gods help you will get through this” Max Lucado – in his book “you’ll get through this”. This quote struck a cord while reading today. It comes from a chapter that deals with Joseph and the portion of his life that was seemingly a “mess”. A time others meant for evil was brought to good in Gods hands.
Gen. 50:20 but as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it into good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
If you were to ask my wife Kezia she might say her life, her physical life is in a real “mess” right now. She has been here before and each time God has used her testimony for good. Kezia has always had a natural gift for encouraging others but since a major surgery in 2010 to remove her colon, she has been able to use the stories of her set backs and triumphs to really connect with others who are also suffering physically and emotionally from health related issues. So it seems the coat of many colors is being torn from our shoulders now, snapping threads leaving them to dangle with no hope of being whole again. But we know a Mighty Creator who can weave together what has been torn apart and make whole our coat again. Giving purpose where once was pain.
The character Mater (a tow truck) from the Disney movie Cars 2 refused to have his dents (in his body work) repaired because they were too valuable. He wants to remember the events that caused them. How do we feel about our “dents”. Do you wear them as ugly reminders of a life that didn’t work out as planned? Or do we point to those “dents” as the footprints in the sand? Those times in life when only one set of impressions were visible, when the Lord carried you in His precious arms through this “mess” we sometimes call life.

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