The messiness of life

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Sometimes your words come back to haunt you and sometimes they come back to remind you to have hope. These are some words I wrote in 1999 that I needed to hear again:

We have to remember, when we’re tempted to despair or to give in to anger over how things are, or when we feel overwhelmed by the fight to live well (and it doesn’t seem to be succeeding) — that’s when we have to remember that life (like the kingdom of heaven that Jesus often described) is a process, an unfolding, an emerging reality. It’s a creative movement, a work in progress.

Kellie Kutkey wrote: “We live in a small house, so even little messes seem big. Recently, I looked at my sewing projects and thought, If my child left this mess, I’d be mad. Then I realized I wasn’t angry at myself because, in my eyes, I could see the finished product — to me it wasn’t a mess at all! I’m thankful God looks at me the same way …. I can be confident that ‘He who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Phil. 1:6)” *


As God looks at us in this way, then, perhaps we should look at our life the same way, confident that, whether we can see it or not, God is at work to bring about a good far beyond our capacity to imagine now. Then we may bear our witness of hope in this troubled world, living in constant hope ourselves, taking secret joy in what we cannot see but that we trust is unfolding in and all around us.

Thank God!

And may God bless your lovely, even if messy, lives!

*Kellie Kutkey, Vancouver, WA, “Heart to Heart,” in Today’s Christian Woman, 1999.

Author: Linda Robinson

Writer, Christian contemplative, concerned citizen.