March 15, 2019

If you are a neat freak you find it hard to smile when you see a mess. If you are a messy chances are that you are that way because you don’t have much to smile about:) So when was the last time you were grateful for a mess? When did you last praise the Lord because of a mess? Are there times when we can rejoice because of a mess? Solomon seems to think so.

Proverbs 14:4 (NLT) — 4 Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Sure it is not always pleasant to clean up after an ox that has dropped hay and oats on the floor of the stall while it has been eating and then of course after the meal is finished some of it comes out the other end of the ox in the form of smelly manure. And if it isn’t feeling the best it comes out all runny and smelly!

But the fact that you have an ox means that you have some wealth. It means that you were able to get a field ready to plant. That field that is planted means a harvest which means food on the table and money in the pocket. To have money and be well fed is worth cleaning up smelly crap:) Thank you Jesus for your provision.

In the winter time my van drags snow and sand into the garage and from time to time I need to go out and move out the snow which now has melted and then frozen and turned into ice. I sweep the sand out of the garage because I am sort of anal that way. But all the while I have learned to praise the Lord because this mess on my cement floor means that I have a garage and I have a van to put in the garage. Thank You Jesus.

When I was a young lad living at home it was my job to either wash the supper dishes or dry them depending on what day of the week it was. My father noticed one evening that I was complaining to my mother about having to do the dishes. He quickly reminded me that dirty dishes meant that we had just eaten. He gave me the choice > clean dishes or a good meal? Thank you Jesus.

Sometime kids drag in mud from outside and then track it over the kitchen floor. Now I realize this is frustrating to a parent and the children need to be taught to be responsible to take shoes off at the door. Sometimes the response the kids get is anything but pleasant. But the mess does mean that you have a home with a kitchen and a tiled floor, you have kids, they are able to walk, and they have shoes on their feet. Thank you Jesus.

My father who reminded me of the blessing of dirty dishes wasn’t very quick to recognize the blessing of me spilling my milk all over the dinner table. Shouldn’t he have been thankful that the spilled milk meant that we had glasses, we had milk, we had a table etc, etc, 😀 🙂  Thank you Jesus.

Is a mess really a mess or is it just another way in which we can praise the Lord?

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. My garage IS messy and I am SO thankful that I have a garage!! Thank you Jesus!😀

    • Daniel Mueller says

      I am also glad you have a garage. I got the van out today and I also swept that side of the garage before I read your comment today, by the way:)

  2. Mark Gundersen says

    He was just bringing you up in the way you should go. His discipline was to get you ready to manage the mess that your son would make since Jesus was the only son that did not make a mess and was more than willing to clean up his adopted sibling’s mess.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Dr. Mark it is ok to take my side:)

      • Mark Gundersen says

        I was taking your side. Your father’s words of correction led to a godly man. Praise the lord. In the heat of the moment it is easier to get the mess cleaned up than to watch the milk pour off the table while thanking God for the milk.