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In the middle of the mess

“What if instead of brushing our emotions aside and apologizing for the brokenness, we invited a few people into it? What if instead of pointing out the mess on the floor, we welcomed them to sit with us among it? Perhaps we would finally see that we were made for greater things than this.”

What if we invited El Shadday (EL shad-DAI), God Almighty, God the Mountain One into our brokenness, into our emotions, into our mess?

In the Bible, the desert was often a place of testing and/or transition. People were challenged to trust God in the middle of their mess.

“I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless.” Gen:171-2, 17 (for further study)

God created the universe, created humans, holds the future…is it easier to view God on a grand scale than to trust He will provide one thing we need?

“And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Sometimes we look to the future and draw a blank. The desert is endless, hot, dry and lonely. There is no comfort in site. God whispers…”You are in the desert.” He knows you are there. He will send water when needed and manna to feed you. He will provide for each bite, even though He is still monitoring the entire universe.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘he is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalm 91 (Read the whole Psalm)

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

The valleys are there (Ps. 23:4), we will fall into pits (Ps. 40), but when we cry out to God Almighty, El Shadday, He will bless, send comfort, and use us even in the midst of the storm. Jesus said in the midst of the storm “Peace be still.” Matthew 8:23-27 for more on that story. God says in the midst of the desert, in the middle of the mess and brokenness “I am God Almighty.”

And we feel the Holy Spirit rest upon us, surround us, embrace us as He is with us in the floor and allows us to sob as we tell our story. And we know He is El Shadday.

kimcrawford 10.9.14

 

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