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11.23.2021 – “I’ve got to get everything perfectly in order and just right…”

I love a clean, orderly house…

Or any environment, for that matter.

No piles of random things,

everything in its proper place.

All the mess cleared away…

Order… ✨

…it’s like I can breathe again. 🍃

There are some who can live comfortably among messy piles of things—and they can focus on whatever they need to do just fine—which amazes me.

And there are some, who—like me, seriously struggle or find it near impossible to focus or do anything productive until the messy piles are dealt with, sorted out, and everything is put into its proper order.

Sometimes, I’ll find myself in this panicky kind of mindset…

“I’ve got to get everything in order RIGHT NOW so that I’m able to function!”

But the truth is, in this life…

no matter how “perfect” I can ever manage to make everything feel (or seem to be) around me,

there’s always going to be a “pile of mess” that needs to be dealt with.

There is nothing I can do to make it “perfect enough” to actually be perfect.

I can’t ever escape it while living here in this world.

And you know,

no matter what I do,

I’m always going to have my own mess to face while I’m living here in this imperfect life.

There is nothing I can do to make everything “perfect” enough.

I can’t fix it.

I can’t escape it.

But, in Christ, I can face it. 💖☀️

And I’m thankful that Jesus is with me in all that I face.

I’m thankful that He—the Perfect One— doesn’t mind being with me in the mess…

…the messes that I face,

and the messes that I make

I’m thankful that He brings the peace that I need

to be able to sit with Him…

and to endure…

…even within the messes that I can’t do anything about in the moment.

The issues that I feel helpless or even panicky about.

It’s enough to make a person go insane (and I’ve gone there).

But He has given me a sound mind.

And so when I find myself in a mess, I’ll step into that truth.

I will step into whatever I need to, with You, Lord Jesus.

Because I know that I can face anything with You,

any kind of disorder…

You make me able, no matter what my “personality” is like.

You surround me with peace, and You give me a sound mind.

I am able to dwell, peacefully— in You.

And so I take my eyes off the mess,

and I remember

that “I might be ‘surrounded’…

but I am surrounded by You.”

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.“—Isaiah 26:3

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].“—2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

Thank You, Lord Jesus. ☀️

-Heather 🌺

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