I once had a friend who owed a parrot. He said his parrot would often walk out onto his perch, look around at the scattered bird seed and droppings in the cage, and exclaim, “What a Mess, what a mess, what a mess! I do the same thing at times. I look at many areas of my life that need improvement and think, what a mess! Maybe you do too. Truth be told, many are critical of both their past and present actions and think, what a mess!
I find solace in knowing that God has used and continues to use some of the most difficult and discouraging times to strengthen me. Maybe you are there now. Maybe a battle is raging and you cannot seem to get a grasp on the situation. Addiction, financial burdens, family struggles, employment, or physical and mental impairments can all be implements of destruction used by the enemy, or tools of construction used by God. The results depend on where you and I turn. The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in a time of need.” (Ps. 46:1)
The mess we see can lead to significant restoration if we know where to turn. Psalm 51 is one of my favorite scriptures because it recounts a time of both despair and restoration in King David’s life. David turned to God. He knew God was the only answer. God not only heard but also answered David’s prayer.
As I mused upon the many messes in my life today, I chose the tools of construction. I turned to God in prayer. May what He is building be a testament to the mighty God I serve. My prayer for you is that you will do the same. Will you turn to God? Will you allow him to mold you and make you? I hope you will! Keep looking up!