Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a mess? If you have kids, that’s probably an everyday occurrence! 🙂 But today, I’m talking about Life messes. Those times when you made your plans, thought through all the outcomes, covered all your bases…and then it all falls apart and you look around and wonder “How did this happen?”
My boys often made me watch baseball. I started to like it after awhile (but I choose to watch something else when they’re not around so maybe I don’t like it “that” much lol). I would see the players in the outfield, all in their spots, all ready and trained for this game, confident in their abilities. And then the batter hits one way into the outfield, right into the open space where no one was standing. The players probably don’t actually panic, but I definitely feel that way for them. They all start running, some chasing the ball, some trying to get in place for the throw. The crowd is yelling. The coaches are yelling. The batter is now flying around the bases as fast as he can. When a player finally gets the ball, he throws it quickly (and sometimes wildly…maybe they do panic???) back to the infield hoping to stop this play before it gets even more out of hand and the other team scores. It’s amazing how a calm, controlled situation where everyone knows their places and feels confident in their abilities to stop any attempt at scoring by the other team can turn into what looks like mass chaos. And I’ve seen, after the situation has gotten back under control, some of those formerly confident players look around like they wonder what exactly just happened.
Life can be like that other team. The one that hits the ball right into the open space and sends us scrambling to get the situation back under control. Maybe it is from some mistake we made, a wrong choice, an oversight…maybe it is the result of someone else’s words or actions. No matter who caused it, I want to encourage you today that God is more than able to step into your ballgame with direction, peace, provision, whatever you need today. No mess is too big or too small. He does not give up on you when things fall apart. You are valuable and precious to Him.