Chapter 13: Miracles in the Mess
This chapter is about how even in this messy journey called life, there are miracles. However, we often times don’t see the miracles in our messy lives because we are overwhelmed with the mess of it all.
“He understands. He teaches us from that tender place of knowing this pain personally. And, best of all, He chose to do His miracles in the midst of messy realities” (161).
I’ve realized that in many ways, Jesus isn’t so different from us. He had his struggles, but he continued on because he knew there was so much more to life and that there would be a miracle embedded in the messy struggles. He understands our messy lives but wants us to work through our difficulties so we can really bask in the miracles and appreciate the beauty of them. I know I don’t do this nearly enough, so join me in trying to find the miracles.
“But it is only by applying the truth of God to our lives that we can be transformed in the direction of God’s best for us” (163).
We have to BELIEVE in God’s truth and then take that belief and live it. Then, we can see that God DOES have a plan for us that is more perfect then any plan you think up for yourself.
“Transformation helps us more clearly see Jesus. And when we more clearly see Him, we can more clearly see the miracle in our mess, the good in our difficulty, the redemption in rejection” (164).
I’ve always believed that 1. Everything happens for a reason and 2. There’s a silver lining for every negative situation you encounter. Sometimes, it’s hard to see that-I know I’ve grappled with those two ideas when in the midst of a difficult event. But, I always find, it’s helpful to seek out Jesus in these moments and let my belief in Him and God’s plan for me transform me and my thoughts. Hopefully, we all can let God’s Word transform us and see the silver linings.
“Resisting God’s promises will make us forget God’s presence” (166).
It’s easier to wave God off when we’re struggling rather than embracing His Word. However, this distances us from His love for us. Trust that God will provide, and that way, you’ll have a strong relationship with Him.
“According to Romans 12:2, the only way to know God’s best for you is not to let your thinking be conformed to the patterns of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern God’s will” (168).
The lowdown? BE YOURSELF unapologetically and let God influence the way you think and act. Because that’s the only good way to live a happy and healthy adventure. 😊❤️