Abiding with God

Bless this Mess

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Not many people who know me today know that as a young child into my early teen years, I usually had a messy room. But the thing about a messy room is what it feels like when you clean it. And it wasn’t always a messy room to me because I had my systems. I always make a mess when I’m organizing.

It always looked like I had a messy room when I was cleaning. I still pretty much do the same thing today on a smaller scale for whatever I’m organizing. I lay it all out so I can see it and visually picture what I’m going to do with it. What goes in the trash? What goes in that file? What goes on the shelf?

Do you ever plan out your day, week, or year and things fall apart?

I plan similar to how I clean. I lay it all out, and then place things in their spots, and usually place too much for the amount of time available. Humor me here and let me know I’m not the only one that does this.

I have always been considered, especially in college and my early teaching years as the “queen of organization”. However, it has become my detriment in the most important relationship. My relationship with God.

I tend to have decisions laid in front of me and make them, and then ask God to bless it. 

Most of the time I’m coming to God asking him to bless my mess. I mean, I obviously know more than the Creator of the entire universe, right?


Sometimes I am so frustrated with how everything is going to fit in, I forget to step back and ask if I am supposed to be doing “everything“ that I’m trying to fit in.

I forget to ask God, “Is this your wil? Do you want me to serve at that event? Do you want me….. Should I? Is this You or me?

I realize I even do this with things which are supposed to be considered good. Serving at church or attending events with fellow Christian friends ….

This relates to my everyday life because I have a lot of ideas I would love to pursue, and I get excited about them.

However, there’s not time for all of them and I have to go to God and ask, “Is this where you want me to focus today. What do I leave for later and what do I completely get rid of?”

It doesn’t mean anything is necessarily bad, it just may not be where God wants me at the moment.

God sees the big picture. He knows the steps He has ordered for me to take to reach the destination He has designed for my life. The ultimate design where He gets all the glory.

This is still a daily struggle for me and so today I want to ask you a few questions I ask myself.

Where does God want you to completely fulfill His purpose and desire for your life?

I personally have to continually come back and instead of asking God to bless my mess, ask Him to guide and direct it before I make it a mess on my own- which I’m very capable of doing.

Let’s come before God today and ask Him to keep us from asking Him to bless the mess and instead guide and direct each moment of each day first. He can bless our messes as well, but I guarantee you’ll be blown away at what He’ll do when you turn over control right off.

I can tell you from my experience, things may be going really well and I feel like He’s met so many of my desires I didn’t even know I had. The amazing thing is when I come back and I asked Him to guide and direct BEFORE I do the planning- things turn out so much better.

That is funny. God actually knows what He’s doing.

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Father God,

I come before you today, and I ask for you to remind me again to seek You before and not after I plan. I know I will mess this up and I thank you now that you’re powerful enough to bless my mess, but help me stay close enough to You to hear Your plans and guidance. Thank You for gently reminding me how powerful You are and how much clarity You bring when I place it all before You. When I allow You to organize my day, week, months and year. Thank You for being a God of redemption, grace, and mercy. Thank You for blessing the numerous messes in my life and that Your love does not waver with my choices.

In Jesus’ name,



© 2023. Susan M. Clabaugh with Encouragement in Daily Living LLC. All rights reserved.

Susan is an author and speaker who loves to share her journey of God's redemption and encourage others as they look to God. As a former elemetary teacher with a passion for teaching, Susan also owns her own tutoring and consulting business where she empowers students and parents in reading. Susan lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri, with her adorable and grumpy Persian cat, Mia.

2 comments on “Bless this Mess

  1. Good stuff there Susan, well said.

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