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Despite the mess

Our daughter was nursing our grandson.

When she suddenly realized there was a problem.

Without being too graphic, anyone who knows babies understands: sometimes it gets messy.

I grabbed two old towels and wrapped him in one.

As she handed him over he spit up.

More mess.

I left her to cleaning herself and carried the baby to the other bathroom.

I put another towel on the floor and began to remove soiled clothes.

I changed his diaper.

In a fresh diaper and clean from all mess, he was laying on his back looking up at me.

He smiled.

Of course I smiled back.

We had several minutes of smiles and babytalk before his mom and dad came in with fresh clothes.

Much later I was blessed to sit in the rocking chair and rock him to sleep wrapped carefully in a blanket.

This morning I was reflecting upon our day yesterday.

And the Lord brought to mind this moment I shared with our grandson.

As a baby he’s completely unaware of the fact that he stopped all other activities with his mess.

He wasn’t embarrassed by his mess.

He was completely oblivious.

He’s not old enough to understand how his life suddenly stepped in and made our lives change.

What he was aware of was the love.

His little face when I was talking with him up held joy and security.

He obviously also felt better, but his smile said so much more.

His little smile said, “I’m happy to see you”.

Later, as he drifted off to sleep, his little face held peace and comfort.

And I see a beautiful picture of God’s love.

He loves me so much, that He cleaned me up from the stains of sin and death.

And it’s a continually thing, because I am a sinner and I need His cleansing daily.

As our grandson grows, he will become aware of his messes, like our granddaughter already has.

And when she’s made a mess she runs for the loving arms of her parents.

I too get to run to my Savior.

His arms are open.

His Word is ready to clean me, to shine truth into my mess and teach me how to put off those things which lead me to sin.

His voice is speaking to me, honing my heart, changing my perspective of the circumstance, and giving me guidance to live by.

And I can smile at Him, because I know He loves me.

Despite the mess I might have made, He loves me.

Because my favorite place to be is clean and warm, wrapped safely in His grace, resting in His peace.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your salvation. Thank You for shining Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me and hone my heart that I might not sin against You. Let nothing stand between us, but remove whatever would hinder our relationship, because You alone are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. I never want to miss a moment with You, nor to have my walk with You hindered. Thank You for our family and the lessons I’m learning. Thank You for Your faithfulness and unending love. Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy. I praise Your holy name! Amen.

Ocean’s tide



They are tracked and recorded.

They clean up the beach yet deposit all sorts of items.

They are even used as a guide for the fishermen,
when to cast and where and how.

Yet one thing about them.

They are ever changing.

It goes out.
It comes in.
It goes out again.

All in perfect rhythm.

Which for this morning is a picture of God’s faithfulness.

Every circumstance I think about causes me to see a pattern.

I was born,
grew into a child,
continued into adulthood,
got married,
had babies,
who have grown into children,
who will continue into adulthood…

Yet God has been the consistent Author of each detail.

I think about myself.
I get hurt,
realize I’m not forgiving and moving on,
so through prayer and choice I (with God’s help),
forgive the offender,
and begin again with fresh love and understanding.
Only to have something else hurt me and have to start again.

Yet God, my Father, guides me through each step like a daddy holding tight to the hands of the toddler learning to step on their round little feet.

The Word of God has washed my heart clean so many times,
and others it has deposited on the surface something I thought buried and gone.

Yet even in these times God has taught me when to let go and allow things to be washed away as well as the times when I needed to admit the stench of sin and take action to remove what was revealed.

All of this swirls in my mind as I look at the waves, endlessly washing the shore.

And I can smile,
close my eyes,
for God
is the author
and I can rest
in His promise.

Be strong and of a good courage,  fear not,  nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God,  He it is that does go with you; He will not fail you,  nor forsake you.

Deu. 31:6