God’s Mess

God knows I’m a mess;
God knows I’m an earthly creation;
But whenever I tell God I’m a mess,
And I go on to say, “But I’m Your mess!”
God smiles and is pleased.

Like the fix-it man
whose joy is in restoring toasters and tools,
Like the garden lady,
whose hours of bending with her hands in the dirt
is rewarded with a bounty of blooms,
Like the mother who cleans up muddy, bloody knees and elbows
and kisses away the tears,
Like the father who consoles without criticism
the one who lost the game,

So God sees messy me as
God’s tool to fix and use,
God’s flower to tend and enjoy,
God’s child to comfort and love,
God’s disciple to teach and send out,
God’s creation to complete.
–Nancy R. Smith, (c) 7/23/96

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18



About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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