Sitting in an ordinary room, on an ordinary day, thumbing through social media. A feeling of despondence sweeps over my heart. Blissful pictures of white linens graced with segmented sunshine, and of books artfully arranged on reclaimed wooden tables. Why doesn’t my life look like this?
An Ordinary Morning
We are surrounded by “blissful” pictures, I too am guilty of posting these pictures, portraying a perfect life in hopes of gaining likes. But the truth is my life is not completely “blissful,” my life is beautifully, indescribably, and unapologetically messy.
While sitting in a coffee shop reading of the words of the wise Oswald Chambers, something stopped me in my tracks, “We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life – those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength.”
What if we learned to embrace the ordinary, the mundane and the messy life?
As much as I would love to live my life in perfect serenity, life is messy. I am learning that as we embrace our mess and imperfection is where our King can work most in us.
Bliss defined, is to reach a state of perfect happiness, typically as to be oblivious to everything else. How great would it be if we could find perfect Bliss in the Lord. To be content in him fully rather than to search for bliss in the brokenness of this world.
Don’t get me wrong, I am an artist and I love to make things beautiful and take these “blissful” pictures. But what If we fell on our knees in praise of our Creator, putting aside out efforts to create a perfect life, and truly lived in his grace and mercy. Embracing our imperfection and mess.