I passed by a church sign a few weeks ago that read, “Thank you Lord for the cross.”
Some folks might feel something so terrible and devastating is awfully hard to express gratitude towards.
And it is.
But, look at the beauty that came after the devastation.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
My family’s own struggles are nothing compared to what Christ suffered.
But there are things I’ve learned through parenting a child with special needs that I never want to unlearn.
My child, with all his “extra” needs and all his beautiful aspects, teaches me so much about growth and life and even God, who he’s just beginning to grasp.
I’ve learned that:
- Smiling beats ignoring.
- Hard work often brings satisfaction more intense than the end product.
- Perseverance leads to progress.
- Gratitude spurs perseverance.
- A hug heals.
- Dancing is a great way to express joy.
- Jumping up and down is a great way to exhale frustration.
- Challenges inspire creativity for options.
- Together works better than fighting.
- Listening and observing (usually) reveal more than talking.
- Genuine smiles, especially from a child, cheer up the grumpiest grumps.
I’ve learned all this from mess. From the messy everyday, from extra challenges thrown our way, from my children (thankfully) interrupting my messy ways.
In all this mess, there’s beauty. There’s opportunity to say “yes” to my husband, my kids, my God.
There’s opportunity to renew, to remember, to love, to share grace. All from saying “yes” to the mess and the growth and beauty within it.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
What have you learned from your mess? How have you practicing saying “yes” within that mess?
It’s been quite a while since I’ve joined Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday. Five minutes without edited, where “we write without worrying if it’s just right or not.” This week’s prompt is “mess.”Join in on the five minute fun, won’t you?