As the Christmas season rolls around, life just seems to get out of control a little bit more than usual.

Consider Mary’s story. After Mary’s acceptance of the promise, her life was turn upside down. Everything becomes chaotic and life becomes a mess. And so, in the midst of the mess Mary had to remind herself that a miracle was waiting to be born.

In this respect God has a special and unique purpose for all of us. Unfortunately, the mess surrounding our lives obscures the blessing.

Jesus wasn’t conceived in Mary’s womb fully grown; instead, He was only a fetus. Most of our miracles and/or promises of God don’t come fully-grown, so they have to be guarded and nurtured. Can you imagine the outcome if Mary had aborted the baby because of the stigma of conception prior to marriage?

Like Mary God has impregnated us with a dream, a vision, a purpose, and a promise, and it’s all growing inside of us. What we need to be careful of is not aborting God’s plans and purpose for our lives because they may be inconvenient.

And once that dream, vision, purpose, or promise is birthed, we need to carefully nurture and raise it into the fullness God intended.

But things will get messy, just like raising a child is messy. They spill their food and mess up their rooms never picking up after themselves. They play outside bringing their messes inside.

But even though our lives may get a little messy, it isn’t out of God’s ability to clean it up.

This confidence is seen in Luke’s account of the conception when the angel said, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

This verse, although quoted by many, is seldom linked with the Christmas story, but it lies at its center. It was made to Mary as she was receiving the most incredible promise ever given to a human being concerning our physical limitations and God ability to supersede them.

So, remind yourself this Christmas that there’s a miracle waiting in the mess.

And please allow me one last thought, and that is, Jesus was born in a messy stable so that He could die upon the cross to clean up our messes, that is, He died for our sins.

Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South behind ACE Hardware.

Our Sunday Morning service begins at 10 a.m., and we also have a Sunday Night service beginning at 6 p.m.

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2 thoughts on “A Miracle in the Mess

  1. I love this parallel. Just as Mary had to keep her focus on the promise of our Savior that the Holy Spirit has impregnated inside of her, that is exactly what we need to when we are in the midst of our “messes” and the anxiety they can lead to when our focus is on those trials. In order for us to see God’s purposes and promises come onto fruition in our lives, we always need to look to Jesus and not our circumstances. “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). That is what will fill our hearts with joy in the midst of the stress, not just at Christmas but all throughout the year. God turns our “messes” into “messages” and our “tests” into “testimonies”.

  2. Debbie,

    Well said and well put, especially how “God turns our “messes” into “messages” and our “tests” into “testimonies”.

    Take care and God bless

    Dennis

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