Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 7, 2019

When Messy Invites Beauty

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God.” I Peter 3:3-4 (ESV)

My house is a mess – a real mess!  I’ve been off from work since Christmas Eve, and I’ve cleaned out my pantry, cleaned out our “clutter” room and my office.  And right in the midst of my clean, white space….hubby decided to tile our living room wall where the tv and fireplace hang.  Now I’ve been waiting on this project to happen over a year so I silenced my urge to scream – “the house is clean are you kidding…you want to start this project now?”    Instead, I watched as he cautiously thought through this project and danced around it all morning before getting started.  And now well there is messy everywhere. Dust on the floor and rug, tiles throughout the living room.  A saw lining my sidewalk…..the list goes on and on.  But my hubby is almost done and it is absolutely beautiful!
Easy to see beauty now that “the project” is done. Not so easy to see it when the mess is cluttering up my clean!  Life can often be that way.  Don’t know about you but 2018 offered us some messy situations and/or people in our lives.  No one is perfect even us so it’s easy to see how messy happens but not always easy to see the potential beauty God longs to birth in us and the people in our circle. 

Patience is definitely one of those virtues that seems to slip through our fingers, but I’m so thankful our unchanging God is still patient, loving, kind, full of mercy and grace.  And that is just the beginning….His character is flawless, and we can trust Him to create lasting beauty in us despite the reappearing mess surrounding us.

So sweet friends let’s embrace 2019 expecting His beauty to transform our mess and be committed to seeing others’ messes as an opportunity for us to grow to be more like God. Let’s devote ourselves to daily interactions with His word and not just read them but ask God to show us how we need to apply His instructions.  Let’s spend more time on our knees seeking His face then time on our feet going in a multitude of directions.  Let’s intentionally choose to not allow another year escape us without allowing God to transform us into absolute beauties.

“Father, You are the only One who can cultivate real change in our lives.  Strengthen us and encourage us to walk in obedience with Your purposes in 2019.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin

TRBC Women’s Life

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