I’m A Mess–You’re A Mess

While working on my sermon this past week I decided to take a picture of my desk.  What a mess!  I can usually find the important stuff, but lots of things of lesser importance (at least, things not of urgent importance) seem to disappear only to reappear years later, when the reason for keeping them has long since passed.  I can’t remember the last time I did a complete clearing of my desk, but on occasion I do clean off the larger areas.  That works for few days until the piles return and the whole thing’s in a mess again.

The thought that sticks in my mind from yesterday’s sermon is “finding God in the midst of the mess.”  I’m so thankful that he doesn’t wait until all the messes in our lives and churches are cleaned up before appearing.  I liked the simplicity of the message yesterday (even though I think the delivery was a bit messy!):

  • Look to God
  • Listen to God
  • Learn from God

Whatever mess is going on around me I can do those things.  But now, I’ve got to return to my messy desk to begin preparations for preaching on chapter 11.





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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


One Response to “I’m A Mess–You’re A Mess”

  1. avatar Tommy says:

    I was intrigued by your comments on how we view the progression of time. This area of thought regarding how we measure history and progress has been nibbling at my thoughts recently. Historically, Judeo-Christian’s measure history and time linearly; the assumption is that with the progression of time things are getting better and better…however, when we look back, we can see that history isn’t as clean cut. Things are often good, get worse and worse, and then back to good, and then back to bad, and so forth. I think on a lower level, our short term view of history is considerably linear, with a starting point and an ending point; however, perhaps, the further we step back away from our perspective of time, the more circular history becomes. This reminds me of a (somewhat) famous quote:

    “Times change and with them their demands. Thus the seasons change in the course of a year. In the world cycle also there are spring and autumn in the life of peoples and nations, and these call for social transformations” (I Ching).

    This quote above was, in part, how historian Frances Fitzgerald described Vietnamese history; the Vietnamese “see history not as a straight-line progression, but as a organic cycle of growth, fruition, and decay” (Fire in the Lake). Even more interesting to me, was how the simple farmer cared little about change, so long as the transition was not violent or prolonged, and so long as it did not disturb the cycle of crop. With a Christian perspective, one could say that seasons do in fact change and likewise their demands, leaders come and go, political parties come and go, culture comes and leaves just as quickly; however, God is eternal, everything circles and cycles around His will. What in life is truly important? For there is a time and place for everything, yet we struggle to maintain control of events that are truly beyond ourselves. What can we do, but attempt, with all the grace and love afforded, to look, listen, and learn from God, the One in all this mess that is truly important.

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