Messy Trials < God's Peace (2 Peter 1:2)

Today when I walked into the kitchen, our dog (Mochi!) gave me a nice surprise. She had peed in a completely random spot on the floor next to the pantry, about 3 feet away from her pee pad. She had also poo’d on the opposite side of the kitchen, also 3 feet away from her pee pad. We have older tile with grout in the kitchen, so the pee was carried into our pantry, spreading across the floor like water bursting through a series of channels, wetting everything we had stored on the pantry ground.

When I wake up every morning, my typical routine is to grab a cup of coffee and go into my office to pray and read the Word before anyone else in the house wakes up. Looking at the amount of clean-up I had to do, I knew that routine was pretty much shot for the day and I would need to adjust.

Not willing to let anything ruin my upcoming time of prayer, I “joyfully” began to clean the pee and poo. I knew it would take a while to clean everything since I had to empty all of the pee-marinated contents of our pantry out, so I decided to multi-task and get the coffee going as well.

But in order to clean out our extra large coffee french press, I had to clear some dishes in the sink first. I began to wash those while trying to simultaneously dump the day-old coffee grinds from the french press into the trashcan. Bad idea.

With one hand on the dishes, my other hand proceeds to miss the trashcan entirely as I pour the old coffee and coffee grinds directly onto the floor!!

Water was overflowing in the sink, the dishes began to topple, I was standing barefoot in old coffee and coffee grinds, there was poo flanking me on one side and pee mocking me from the other. I started to feel my temperature rising…

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2)

This is the daily Bible verse I received in my Email today.

There is a direct correlation to the grace and peace we receive from God, to the knowledge we have of God. It’s fairly simple…the more we store His Word in our hearts, the more His Word is able to minister to our mind and spirit, through HIS Spirit.

Once the coffee hit the ground, I could feel one of those “flip-out” moments coming as my frustration rose, but then Scripture about God’s peace and about the fruit of the Spirit immediately began to fill my mind as I prayed for His peace.

Before I knew it, the flood of His words completely overcame the flood of water, coffee grinds, poo, and urine I found myself standing in. God’s peace was upon me, and the devil lost the opportunity to use my crappy situation as an attack on my thoughts and emotions.

I ended up using the whole time I was cleaning as extra dedicated time to praising God and lifting up prayers for other people. So if you’re on my prayer list, y’all got extra prayer this morning thanks to my dog Mochi! 😂

Are you standing in a proverbial puddle of pee, poo, and coffee grinds today? Are the dirty dishes in your life stacking up and beginning to collapse as you attempt to clear them out on your own?

If so, then I pray that God’s grace and peace be yours in abundance, through your knowledge and recognition of Jesus and His promises – His comfort, hope, strength, rest, joy, and love… all made available through His sacrifice on the cross for you.

No matter what you may be going through today, surrender it to God. His grace and peace awaits those of us who are willing to turn our lives, including the maddening moments, over to the Lord. There is no trial too big, or messy, for Him to overcome!

“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)

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