Having a huge streak of OCD right through the middle of my id—I love a clean-neat and orderly house. Everything has a place—and therefore belongs in its place. There is not one thing wrong with neatness and order—except it comes at a price.
When the grands come over, we play—we pull out almost every toy in the house, and then we pull out those things not meant as toys—but fun to play with. There is a carpet of little people, cars, blocks, toy guns, puzzles, and various other forms of amusement from the front door to the back. There are half full glasses, dirty plates, and ground in food on the floor. It is a MESS! A HUGE GLORIOUS MESS!
It will all get picked up and cleaned up, when I am once again here alone. But quiet and neatness come at a price. The cost is missing all the fun! I laugh, I tickle, I wrestle, and I just play with those little wonders. We go to the park, we walk around the block, we play with trucks in the yard, and we live in every square inch of my bungalow.
One of my friends told me my home looked “lived in” and “comfortable”. I took it as a huge compliment. Anyone can have a show place—a museum—or perhaps the best description is a mausoleum. I prefer a home—where you are free to live and live not richly—but abundantly. My home is not sacred, but my relationship with those entering my home is. It is frequently a glorious mess.
So goes my relationship with The Lord. It is a glorious mess at times. I laugh at the messes He allows me to make in my life, I cringe thinking of how He has allowed me to question Him, and I turn away in embarrassment thinking of the choices He has allowed me to make. He has allowed me to make a royal mess of things more times than I care to remember. Still He stays with me—in the midst of the mess—He is right here with me. He takes that mess—He wipes it all clean—and loves me in spite of the mess my life can be. In spite of it all, He loves me and my glorious mess---PRAISE HIM!
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.