CLEANING UP THE MESS
"It is God who made the heavens and the earthÖ nothing is too hard for God." Jeremiah 32:17
There is a classic story about a social worker who went into the home of a
family and was quite taken back by the condition she found there. The
family did not really have a sense of neatness. Everything was filthy.
There were old newspapers on the floor and there was a mess everywhere
She thought and she prayed. She said, "God, how can I, in a subtle way,
make them have the desire for cleanliness and better things in life which
they could have if they took the time to have it?" One day, she was at a
flower shop. She noticed this incredibly beautiful potted plant. It was
the most beautiful plant she had seen in some time. She bought it and
instead of taking it home to her own house, she took it over to the house
of that family.
She set it in the middle of the dining room table. The family started to
look at Godís beauty in that plant. They started to look at their
surroundings. They saw that the surroundings did not quite match the
beauty of the Godís plant.
They cleaned, and then they painted, and they discovered beauty again.
When you bring something beautiful of God into a chaotic environment it
can change everything at home, at the office, or even in a chaotic mind.
It does not take much of God to change everything. Like a small candle
can light the darkest room, so can one thought of God brighten a life.
God is so perfect that imperfection melts away. Even faith the size of a
grain of mustard seed can permanently change a life.
There may be times when you may seem overwhelmed by the day-to-day
problems of life. Rather than focusing on these problems, however, you
turn your attention to the power of God with you, and in your life.
You look to the beauty of God, and at the same time, release any
difficulties to God. Before you can be completely free of anxiety, you
must fully release the problem, not just give it to God and continue to
worry about it. You trust that because you have God's love and grace
helping you, you can handle any situation. God knows your needs even
before you ask, and Divine power is bringing about wonderful results even
as you pray.
As you let go of the mess of thinking and worrying about your problems,
and let God's power work in and through you, you will be free from
tension, stress, and strain.