picking up the pieces…

The other night I found myself cleaning up a huge mess after our 5 year old, Emmy dropped and shattered a snow globe in to what felt like a million pieces. Tiny pieces of glass were EVERYWHERE, sparkly liquid covered the floor, and it seemed like the mess was never going to end!

Emmy LOVED this snow globe and came to me in tears, asking me to come with her to see what happened. She was heartbroken! She was also worried she would be in trouble and I quickly reassured her that accidents happen and that I would clean it up. I explained to her that she couldn’t go near the mess because she would get badly cut if she touched or stepped in the glass. I told her, over and over that I would clean it up and take care of everything. She so badly wanted to help fix the problem that I caught her multiple times, inching her way towards the mess, and even reaching for the broken snow globe, with big, jagged, glass edges sticking out.

This reminded me of how often we need God’s help to fix problems or messes we’ve created or find ourselves in. It reminded me of how often we try to step in to “help” Him fix and clean up the messes we have no power to fix. I was reminded that just like a 5 year old little girl, I have the tendency to believe I can fix it better and faster than God himself. I have good intentions but sometimes my lack of faith in God’s ability to clean up or fix the impossible, makes things worse.

Letting go is so difficult, especially when we can’t see Him working and have to trust Him completely. We inch our way closer and closer and cling tighter and tighter to the things God is asking us to hand over to Him. Many times we ignore the danger that presents itself, even when God warns us of the potential pain we might encounter.

I was reminded of the scriptures in Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus himself tells us to come to him, when we’re weary and burdened. He tells us He will teach us and will give us rest. He tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light. This is God’s invitation for us to rely on Him completely, no matter what mess or situation we find ourselves in. It’s an invitation to not carry or allow the weight of this world to drag us down. It’s an invitation to allow Him to clean up the broken pieces of our lives instead of trying to do it on our own.

I don’t know about you friend, but I don’t want to try and pick up the pieces of the messes around me. I don’t want to hold on to the control I think have, I want to do my part, and then give it all to God! I want to accept His help when I need it and I want to trust His ways. It may not be easy and I may have some lessons to learn, but I know in the end He will pick up the pieces much better than I ever could and I’m so thankful for that reassurance!

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XXX, Alexandrea

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