The Bible tells us in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33). We birth some from our brokenness, and more from the natural process of being alive, and some we create because of sin and rebellion.

Today I’m grateful for the hard lessons marked by grief, loss, and betrayal; the years wasted by addiction, wandering, and selfishness; the opportunities misplaced because of codependency and people pleasing.

Why? Because I can use it all to help others. Don’t get me wrong, If I could go back and do it all again I would definitely do some things differently. But what good is our mess if it doesn’t minister?

Once we begin to submit our will to God He lovingly restores us (“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make you paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5) while teaching us valuable lessons that can turn our ‘mess’ into a message.

He shows us our sinful ways through revelation and correction, “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child” (Hebrews 12:6).

He restores us: “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up” (Psalm 71:20).

He turns our ‘mess’ into a message by revealing what we were searching for all along, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).

We can’t change the fact that we WILL have trouble in this life where sin resides, but we can be comforted knowing our heavenly father will not waste any of it when we turn our eyes toward Him.