God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!Jeremiah 17:14 (MSG)
I had a chat with a friend over the weekend about how we can pick up ourselves from whatever mess we were in. Indeed it was a refreshing moment. After the meeting, I had some time to think about the discussion and I have written this blog with the help of my friend, Elsie.
Life always presents unto us varied opportunities. Most opportunities look promising in the entire scope we can envision them. Recounting our journey till date, we realise the opportunities we missed: opportunities that were meant to have lifted us to the next level. Nothing cripples your move to the next level that the thought of a blown opportunity.
Opportunities are not the only thing life gives to us. We are presented with challenges of every kind. The combination of the opportunities and the challenges produces a picture of confusion and mess which usually demands more than what what we call “just easy” to seperate the two of them.
In other instances, flashes of thought about the resounding comments and advice you have received keeps coming into recollection over and over again. That notwithstanding, you receive comments such as “i told you so”, which intensifies the grievance.
Your mess may not be a bad incident per say. Possibly, your story may be like Joseph who was imprisoned for missing out on an opportunity to lay with Potiphar’s wife or Job who went through series of misfortunes for failing to deny and curse God.
You are not alone
We all have messes we have been through or are going through. Some messes may be similar but we all go through it because of different reasons. Possibly we got to the same mess through several means, but the point is that we all got to the same destination.
Look around you. Everyone has got his or her bit they are addressing. In the moments of our mess, we tend to succumb to our solitudes and think we are the only ones with a cross to carry. The cliche of the “holier than thou” colleagues tend to keep us in the notion that we are the worst, even making it difficult to open up for help. It indeed becomes a lonely journey.
The chief potter
The extent of our pain and mess may vary from person to person. However, the most important lesson of the mess is not to cripple you into a stand still, but to equip you with enough lessons to get you even further than you imagined. God is always here to help you through.
This scripture is the message I intend to leave you with today.
The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.Jeremiah 18:1-4 (NLT)
Just as the message was sent to Jeremiah, so I send forth God’s word to you through this blog. God is always at his work as the potter. Isaiah 29:16 asserts that God is the potter and we are the lay. He undeniably is greater than we are. His ways will therefore be higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than ours. That is the relationship between the potter and the clay.
Understand that the clay is molded to fit the potters visioned art. However, depending on the texture of the clay, the potter will have difficulties in getting his artefact out. God has a purpose for us, but sometimes due to our stubborness and unwillingness to yield to His leadership, He cannot work out what He had predestined for us to manifest.
Howbeit, He does not give up on us. He keeps crushing us and making us all over again. He picks the broken pieces and then starts everything over again until He gets His desired piece. His love for us endures forever and He is committed to seeing His work accomplished.
Are you a failure? Can you make it out of this mess? Is there way for you to get back on your feet and do what God expects of me? Well, I have good news for you. God is every ready to help you out. This is what He has promised us:
Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me.[a] I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.Matthew 11:28 (TPT)
You do not have to go through this alone. Seek help from a friend or someone you can trust. For we are admonished to share in each others burdens as a way to fulfil Christ’s law (Galatians 6:2).
God bless you and remain a blessing. With lots of love.
StandOut Ministry International.