Jesus, meet us in the mess

Jesus meets is in the mess

Life is messy. And if you have kids, it’s really messy. If we are honest, my friend, we are all a hot mess.

In today’s world it’s not easy to admit that we don’t have it all together. It’s hard not to envy the glossy styled homes pictured in magazines; or the Pinterest food too pretty to eat; or our fabulous Facebook friends going on fabulous trips in their fabulous cars.

Here’s a little secret: they are only letting us see what they want us to see. We don’t see the mess.

At Christmas Eve service we received the above messy ornament.

It’s a wonderful reminder that, number one, we are all a mess.

Number two, Jesus was born in a mess. {Luke 2:1-20} That stable was a mess with cows, donkeys and sheep beside Him. He was laid in a manger, or a trough for feeding animals. I am sure Mary tried to clean it the best she could, but it was still a trough. And, if you’ve ever been in a barn you know it stinks! Imagine giving birth in a barn.

And number three, Jesus was sent for the messy people, not for those who have it all together. {Mark 2:17} Jesus loves to meet us right in the middle of the mess, because that is when we need Him the most; and it’s when we listen the most.

I pray that we remember that the next time our life gets real messy. He’s right there with us, knee-deep in the mess keeping us from being buried in it.

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