Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cupcake Days & "Me"ssy Days

 We go through life one day at a time. Some days are good, some we label FAIL. Some days we find ourselves all smiles, while some days we desperately try to chisel a smile out of a worried frown. Some days we feel like a mighty conqueror, some days we feel a hopeless failure. Some days our to-do list gets completed, some days we don't even feel we have the strength to roll out of bed. Life happens to us all. 
On those days when we're put together "almost perfectly"; we call those days GOOD. After all, we're imitating the Lord of Creation when we do. How awesome is that!? We get up on the right side of the bed, get the kids off to school without them forgetting their lunch or homework, we get our spouses out the door and then we start our day on top of the world. You know the feeling, right? Your middle child's third-grade class has Cupcake Day. You're the room mom who shows up early, dressed to-the-nines, complete with matching shoes and purse, to help set up and, as an added bonus, you bring perfectly decorated cupcakes to match whatever theme the occasion calls for. Or maybe it's your spouse's turn to host the work dinner party and you turn out a beautifully decorated table along with a gourmet meal complete with a delicious Tiramisu for dessert. "This girls got it together!", you think to yourself when you lay your head down for the night.
But there are ultimately those times when life gets really messy. Nothing seems to turn out like it did on Cupcake Day. In fact, you're still in your pajamas at noon. Or maybe you are still searching for the other hot-pink sandal so you can get out the door to your Lady's Luncheon. Or maybe a phone call just turned your world upside-down. Or maybe we didn't respond correctly to a co-worker or our boss just "ate our lunch." Whatever the case, it is so NOT a GOOD day and we're a mess...yes, and we all have those messy days.
Do we realize the beautiful truth in those times? That someone sees exactly where we are on our "ME"ssy days? It's true, someone sees the real ME in the mess. God knows what we're feeling and how we might be hurting. He pays attention to every detail on both kinds of days, but He's especially touched by those days when we're feeling like we've hit our lowest point. Why? Because He's our Daddy and He cares...even about our mess. He doesn't get scared off when we break out the tissue box to catch the tears and stuff.
Maybe someone has accused, betrayed, or broken our trust, etc. Maybe financial difficulty has hit our family, maybe disease, death, infidelity...God cares and He sees the mess we find ourselves in. He's willing to help if we'll ask and let Him. He can turn any mess into a miracle. He can do anything...including turning our mess into a blessing. Remember, this too shall pass...there will be GOOD days again. Take heart in knowing that the all-knowing and caring God we serve cares about our MEssy days and we'll never ever find ourselves alone. He will give us peace in the midst of the mess...while we wait on the cupcakes.

1Peter 5:10  "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."