by Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director
I recently heard someone at school say, that “As Christians, we need to get our acts together because God does not bless a mess.” As soon as I heard this I thought to myself, “If God does not bless a mess then I am in deep trouble.” So many things about life are just messy. Trying to juggle school, family, friendships, and work sometimes looks like a cartoon character trying to roller-skate. Inevitably mistakes are made, balls get dropped, and our lives look more like splatter paint than coloring inside the lines.
But I am comforted to know that the Bible is full of beautiful messes. The disciples were constantly fumbling their tasks or missing the point of Jesus’ teachings. They slept when they needed to pray, reprimanded when they needed to welcome, and panicked when they needed to remain calm, but still God blessed the mess. The Israelites doubted when they needed faith, worshiped idols instead of God, and took their gifts for granted, but still God blessed the mess. The prophets in the Old Testament ran away when they should have run closer, complained when they should have praised, and kept silent when they should have shouted, but still God blessed the mess. There is an unmistakable beauty in the chaos of life, but God has an amazing capacity for grace in this chaos. We try with all our might to follow the way of Jesus, but somehow things get messy. So today, and every day I pray: Thanks be to God for blessing this mess!