There Is a Mop Needed in Aisle One

Have you ever thought of what it takes for most miracles to occur? A mess! No mess, no miracle. However, most often when things around us are in a mess it is not a miracle of which we instantly think. A sense of frustration often consumes us. Faith in the Lord stabilizes us.

When things are a mess there is no need to wave a white flag and declare, “OK, Satan, you win, we give up.”

There is no give up in the make up of one who realizes God’s potential when there is a mess. Determination is the first chapter of the book on success.

The world throws everything imaginable at us. If reality isn’t enough to depress us conspiracy theorists pile on. Remember Skylab’s falling and the theories regarding what it would cause.Y2K kept people up all night with their shotguns on their laps to protect their bottled water. The Mayan calendar  supposedly foretelling the end of time fostered fear. The blood moon theory incited panic among many. Trump theories caused a big ongoing mess.

When one theory fades the theorists pause and then hit the reset button to start another, never pausing to acknowledge their error.

There will always be messes that give us opportunities to show the faith we have in our God, not the fright fostered by fallacious fabrications. Life is too short and hell too hot to waste time on theories when we should be showing our trust. Live so that your talk of faith won’t prove to be a mere cliche. Talk the talk and walk the walk.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.”

(I Corinthians 10:13) The God who knows your load limit limits your load.

Don’t tremble at tomorrow’s potential problems. If you are walking with the Lord you won’t face them with today’s faith. Our Lord will stimulate the cause for faith on time. Resilience allows us to respond by God’s grace.

John D. Rockefeller said, “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of persistence. It overcomes almost everything.” God opens the door to opportunity, but we must be persistent in going through it. Messes are going to happen. Faith can clean them up. Yes, sometimes the way God does it is miraculous.

Do you know yourself? Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of knowledge.” You will never know yourself until you prove yourself by how you respond to messes.                     

When was the last time you focused on the fundamentals of your faith? How successful do you want to be in the exercise of your faith? The answer to that will be revealed by you responses to messes.

You can help others in their faith venture. It has been said a single word of encouragement in tough times is worth a dictionary of words during good times.

There is no mess so big you and God together can’t handle it.

Resolve, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God I have put my trust.” (Psalm 56: 3, 4)