For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6
We all go through seasons of life that are gross, dark, painful, lonely, and messy. I’ve been “in the mess” several times already in my 29 years and know there will be more to come.
I’ve had two conversations recently where friends asked,
“How do I get out of this mess?”
The truth is, most of the time, you and I can’t do anything to get ourselves out of the mess. Unless it’s in direct relation to bad decision making or sin, a lot of times the mess is just life circumstances. A breakup, a heart ache, cancer, a lost friend, divorcing parents, loneliness in a new city, depression, anxiety. It’s just the stuff of life.
So what do we do? Is there anything we can do while in the mess?
I’ve been studying the book of Philippians the past several weeks. The author, Paul, is definitely in a mess. He’s writing this community of believers he loves, really misses, and wishes he could visit but he’s in prison. I don’t know about you, but that’s a hot mess to me. You can imagine his heart ache, loneliness, and grief.
But here’s what’s crazy.
He has hope, joy, and a confidence in God’s faithfulness.
Amidst all the mess that surrounds him, he has hope, joy and a confidence in God’s faithfulness. Just read Philippians 1:1-11 and you’ll see what I mean!
So, outside of the Apostle Paul (fess up- we’re all intimidated by trying to live like Jesus’ apostles), what does it look like to be in a mess but have those things?
Meet my friends: Marcie, Sara, and Mallory. All in crazy messes: the diagnoses of a special needs child, a difficult breakup, and cancer. I beg you, read those blog links and you will see real-life women clinging to hope, joy, and a confidence in God’s faithfulness amidst the mess of life.
I’ll let them have the last word.
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Can’t wait to dig into Philippians with you over the next six weeks!