Beauty in a Mess

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Yes, that picture is exactly what you think it is…a jumbled heap of Legos. First, let me say, I am not a fan of Legos. But, Hunter likes them, or rather, he likes to watch us put them together while he sifts through the pile for just the right piece. And, I will never quite understand how someone who is thrown off his sensory radar with a simple touch, or too much noise, is not so much when it comes to these Legos.

Of course, he isn’t the only one who has searched for just the right piece to make something glorious.

Yes, just like the small and big hands that will try to construct the Lego fire engine that is sure to be in that pile somewhere, God did something infinitely greater with the work of His hands.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

But, he didn’t stop there. With His hands he put the stars in the sky. He decided when the sun would rise and set. Where the waves of the ocean would meet the shore. He selected every water creature, and every animal on earth. He molded every majestic mountain, and carved every valley in between. All with His Hands. Just like carefully selected Lego pieces, He created the masterpiece in which we live. Beauty from one dark and empty mess.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

With His hands he fashioned every part of who we are. Our eye color, skin color, and whether we would be short or tall. Our laughs. Our personalities. Every little thing that makes us unique was carefully selected by God. Wonderfully, fearfully, and beautifully made by His hands. Beautiful despite the fact that we may consider ourselves to be complete messes.

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:25-26

Even when we are complete messes, God makes us new. On those days when we feel like a crumpled heap of Legos, or when we don’t know if we will ever find that piece that makes us whole again, God reaches into our mess, grabs our stony, stubborn hearts and gladly gives us a new one.

Making us magnificent. Making us marvelous. Making something beautiful in the midst of the mess.

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