Messy.

Happy (I think it's) Tuesday, y'all!

After waking up this morning (and putting my contacts in), I looked around my room.

Between clothes, shoes, boxes, bags, and papers, it looked like a tornado had gone through (and dumped things in sporadic piles).

Admittedly, it would have been easy to be frustrated and overwhelmed by the self-created mess spurred by impending change. As I looked around in the dim light, however, the thought came to mind:

sometimes everything has to be torn apart before it can be put back together

How fitting.

I feel like so often growth and change are appealing concepts from the outside.  I mean, who doesn't want to improve? Who doesn't want to grow - stronger, healthier, smarter?

But from the inside? Y'all, change (at least for the better) is not pretty!

Rather, it's a mess!

Sometimes things need torn out (like cement and stone for a driveway project).

Hidden things (like bats in basements) are often exposed.

Memories, good and bad, resurface.

The old, worn, comfortable things (like clothes and habits) are thrown out to make room for the new.

 

And if we're honest, growth isn't any better - growth is ugly and painful at best!

Remember back to puberty? Did anyone make it out unscathed?!

Or for those of you who play(ed) sports or work out - have any of you grown faster or stronger without pain?

(Random thought: it's a good thing corn doesn't have pain sensors.  Could you imagine growing 2+ inches per day? Yeow!)

 

So if all change and growth is so ugly, and painful, and messy, then what's the point? Why do we continue?

For the hope. For the promise.  Of something more, of something better.

 

As I close this post, I'm reminded of two scriptures, James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:7.

In James (from The Message), it reads: Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  So don't try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Similarly, in 1 Peter (from the New Living Translation), we are reminded that: These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

And so we, as Paul exhorts in Philippians 3:13b-14, continue - forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, [we] press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.


Don't quit.

'Til the next time,

Hannah

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