“Messessary”. It’s a term from the message last weekend. If you had a chance to worship with us, you probably heard it, but outside of that, I doubt you’ve heard it before. The idea behind it seems ridiculous at best, but it’s this truth that God often shows up most abundantly when we find the mess beyond our control. It’s only at the end of our rope, that we are see a new “rope” – a new hope and beauty beyond measure. That, in a way, our mess is necessary for God to work in the most striking ways.
Monday, I, along with basically everyone else in the St. Louis area, stopped our day to look into the sky for a moment. Over the course of a couple hours, day turned slowly to night. The bright sun went dark, blocked by the encroaching black sphere. In that split second, things went dark. And then, in what can rightly be described as a miracle, an image of beauty and majesty appeared. Threads of blue and white and purple danced along a ring taking everyone’s breath as we strived to imprint the image permanently into our memory. Darkness suddenly overcome by light. Hope breaking through in a new way. A way not possible, if not for the moment of darkness.

Threads of blue and white and purple danced along a ring taking everyone’s breath as we strived to imprint the image permanently into our memory.

In my reflection after the eclipse, I saw an awesome truth to our lives. Yes, darkness comes and upon its approach we may despair and loose hope, but as we invite God into our mess He promises hope. That in our darkest moment, we may well see God show up in the biggest and most incredible ways. Not just showing up, but walking with us out of the darkness.
Maybe we aren’t in darkness or feeling its approach, but chances are, there is someone else in our lives in that place. What then is our Christian response? Should we not be pressing to drive out the darkness of other people’s messes? We are called children of light and of the day – children created in the image of our God of light. Children with the same calling to join in pushing back the encroaching darkness and partnering with Him to create beauty from messes.

Rather than seeing a mess simply as a mess, maybe it’s time we look to the everyday miracle God performs in using messes to His glory.

Whatever the case, God has found purpose in mess. Purpose that actually moves us and moves others closer to Him. Rather than seeing a mess simply as a mess, maybe it’s time we look to the everyday miracle God performs in using messes to His glory. Messes that can be used as moments to draw us closer to God or as moments to draw close to someone else. Messes that can remind us of love. Messes that can show us that, even in the darkness, there is hope and beauty and light waiting to burst out in all directions.

Continue The Conversation
  1. What is the biggest mess in your life that God used to His glory?
  2. What messes are around you that you might need to consider drawing closer to as you partner with God in His redemptive story?
  3. Take a moment to pray and meditate on the “messessary” moments in your life. Slow down to consider how God used it to His glory.

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