Ever feel like life is a crazy storm raging around you? There may not necessarily be bad things going on but instead there are A LOT of things that are going on at once.
We are currently working on a room for our girls in our basement. We are getting ready to launch a couple businesses (will give you more details about that soon!) and we need their current room for our office. Plus they will have more space downstairs than they do upstairs. This project has seemed to drag on week after week. I know that is to be expected with almost any major renovation project. The thing that causes me stress is all the mess in between the start of the project and finally finishing.
My husband finally has all the construction done. Now he is working on putting together a new bunk bed for two of the girls. Today I sat down with the girls and looked through all their clothes. There is a pile to get rid of, a pile to donate, a pile to store for next year, as well as a pile for them to take down to their new closet and put away. The result of sorting all their clothes and moving their stuff in their new space is chaos. Currently the pile to donate is in the middle of their floor, along with a big bag of trash (where does all the trash in kid’s rooms come from???), some shoes, hangers, and the Lord only knows what else. In the hallway there are more clothes, toys, dirty clothes that need to be washed and……you guessed it – trash. Is our house a trash can or something? That’s what it feels like sometimes.
Tonight I took Eva and Ellie to Wal-Mart to get some bins, under the bed organizers, a shoe organizer, plastic drawers, and a full length mirror to hopefully help bring this mess under control as we progress with their room.
A Reflection of the Inside
Sometimes what I see on the outside reflects what I feel on the inside. When my house looks like a tornado went through it, that is a huge stressor for me and I begin to feel like that is exactly how I am feeling on the inside. Besides the new bedroom project, we are launching a couple businesses (like I mentioned earlier). I am SO excited for what is ahead and can’t wait to share it with you. However, it is also adding stress to our life. I have a list a mile long of things that need to be done or taken care of. Some days I get a lot done, some days I don’t get anything done until everyone is in bed and then I stay up way too late trying to get something accomplished, other days nothing on the to do list gets done. Mix that with the house project, plus everyday life and it feels like a whirlwind. I’m sure most of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Sometimes when God calls us to do something or we believe we are being led to do something, things can get messy. Think about the disciples in Mark 6:45-48:
“Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and the waves.”
You might not be in as serious a situation as the disciples were. Maybe you feel as though you are also “rowing hard and struggling against the wind and the waves”. The wind and waves would represent the chaos or busyness going on in your life right now.
In Mark 6:48-51 it says this:
“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage! I am here!’ Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed.”
Jesus sees you. He knows what he has led and called you to do. He hasn’t turned his back on you. Jesus came to his disciples and told them not to be afraid and to have courage because he was there. When he climbed in the boat, the wind stopped and all was calm and peaceful again.
Sometimes we have to go through a mess before things get better. There are times when things may be going great and you take a step and do something the Lord has for you and it feels like everything is out of control. Hang on! Look to him. Trust Him. Things will calm. The storm and chaos won’t last forever. He hasn’t left you or forsaken you. Stay the course because if we bail too soon and turn back we may miss out on some great things God has planned.
Since I started this post, we have finished the new room in the basement, have cleaned up the other side of the basement, and cleared out the upstairs bedroom that will be our office. I am so happy to now be on the other side.
Sometimes things get messy before they get better and that’s okay. Jesus is telling you, “Don’t be afraid! Take courage! I am here!” I don’t know about you, but that brings peace to my heart. <3