How many times have you walked into your house and thought this place is a wreck? I have three kids, so for me it is more appropriate to ask when haven’t I walked into my house and felt like a bomb has gone off in the kitchen or laundry room. We “live” in our house – I mean, we use every inch of it! It was designed especially for my family. Everyone has his or her own things and everything has a place. Our home was built for us to “inhabit” or “live in.” It is doing exactly what it was purposed to do!
Acts 17:24-26 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth…”
Take a kitchen for example…it is purposed to cycle family meals and snacks throughout the day. It gets used, more often than not. After it gets all polished and cleaned up (as soon as you sit down and think you’re finished), you hear the words, “I am hungry.” It seems to never fail! So up you go and start the cycle of taking the items that you have carefully planned and purchased and making something oh, so tasty! Without the proper ingredients this tasty treat would not taste the same, and you would not get the desired look on your family’s faces that says, this food is oh, so good.
That scenario is such a reflection of God’s interaction with us. Just as we think we are all pretty and cleaned up, our soul cries out “I am hungry”. We are designed to thirst after God; to seek His face; to know His voice; to learn His ways! If your spirit is dry and hope seems more like a luxury than a reality, I urge you to ask yourself if you are doing what God has designed you to do? I am NOT saying you have to “do” something to be loved by God or even to “fit in” to His community. I am saying God has specifically purposed YOU and ONLY YOU to do a specific calling that ONLY YOU can do. Are you using the ingredients that God designed you with for what they were purposed to do? God did not design you to just sort of live your life. He didn’t design you to get stuck in a daily routine. He designed you to LIVE this life! And if you are not truly “living” you have probably noticed, because you don’t get any excitement or thrill from just living today for today. I am not saying every day is going to be like you’re a kid at an amusement park. And I am not saying you don’t have all the ingredients to fully inhabit the extraordinary life you’ve been given. You have ALL your ingredients. God created YOU with each item you need and He doesn’t make mistakes or forget something off the grocery list. HE makes ALL things good!
So with that visual illustration, I want to be a WRECK! I don’t want to just be shining and clean. I want to be a girl with flour on my apron and dishes on my counter. I want to be a wreck, not because I am merely going through the motions of life… but because I am LIVING this life, using every ingredient God has placed within me! My particular kitchen just so happens to be Embrace Grace, helping young, single mommas. I LOVE it! It feeds me and keeps my kitchen in constant need of polishing and cleaning, only for my heart to cry out “I am hungry” moments later. I am hungry to help more girls, to tell other churches about Embrace Grace, to speak love over mommas and their babies! I want to be a WRECK!
How do you or would you like to make your life a WRECK for God? We would love for you to share your experiences with us.
Written by April Franks