True confession, I am a mess!
A few days ago I was making some pie crust (insert your “oo’s & ahh’s” here over my amazing domestic abilities). After what I thought was simply a small portion of flour on my cabinet, I stepped back for a moment and noticed crisco and flour remnants on every square inch of counter top, floor, and myself. I had done it again, made a bonified, certified, MESS.
As I looked at the mess, the reality of washing crisco and flour off several dishes hit me. I was surprised to see that instead of being overwhelmed by the mess, I was excited about the goodness to come a little while later. Yes, I knew clean up had to happen. But, this particular day I went a little “Pie-Crust Crazy” and made a chicken-pot-pie for dinner AND a derby pie for dessert. Two of our favorites!
I stood and looked at my messy kitchen, I did not see more work to be done. Instead, I could smell the warm pies baking in the oven and anticipate my husbands surprise as he came home to discover a pretty tasty dining experience, if I do say so myself.
My perspective was on the end result, not on the mess it took to get me there.
Messes are a part of life. Instead of allowing our messes to be a burden, could they actually serve as a reminder that there are good things to come? Think about it…
When planning for a big move the house becomes a total DISASTER. Messes are everywhere, yet in a little while a new home is established and order is recreated, the mess was NOT permanent.
College students, trying to prepare for an exam or complete a semester…the dorm room, notebooks, closets…EVERYTHING is a mess. But, after a little while another semester is complete and they are one step closer to completing their schooling.
Young momma’s, spilled milk and peanut butter smears found everywhere! But, after a little while, the sweet gift of healthy children, strong and ready for all that may come play together in the living room.
One more terrible story on the news. Sex trafficking, poverty at home and abroad, bus crash takes innocent lives, each one a terrible mess…only for a little while.
In 1 Peter 1, we see that even the biggest trials (messes) are simply for a little while.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
Our messes are so temporary. They are simply here for a little while and can serve as a huge reminder that there WILL be good to follow.
The end result of all the flour mess?
2 half eaten pies, 1 happy family, oh…and another mess in the kitchen after the meal was complete. Oh the mess, but oh the goodness!by