He and his children did visitation for their church in local neighborhoods. He would play his guitar and sing at the beginning of a block while his children would knock on doors and leave invitation and tracts.
The ministry was well received by the residents.
But one day, as he was strumming his guitar, a Doberman pincher started chasing him. Scared by the dog, he began running down the street, looking for a place of safety. (Probably thinking, “What a mess I’m in!”) Seeing a fence around a house, he leaped over it and ran to the front door, only to be greeted by a surprised elderly man.
The man blurted out, “I’m glad to see you. Everybody thinks I’m a mean old man and no one ever comes by. And I’ve been praying for someone to come.”
God had his own way to answer that prayer.
As I later thought about that incident, I realized there are times when we determine “I’m in a mess,” or “This is a mess,” only to become aware God is actually carrying out a plan for our lives. And God doesn’t make messes.
How about when the Israelites left Egypt and were trapped between the sea and Pharoah’s army? I’m sure they thought, “We’re in a mess.” But no, it was the opportunity for a miracle for the glory of God.
Then there were the lepers who were starving and the only place they could go was the enemies’ camp (2 Kings 7:4). They were in a mess — nothing to eat; nowhere to go; and no one to help. Again, God’s plan came into play and the lepers had a big part in the victory. Read it and rejoice.
Look at others who found themselves in so-called messes: Job, Paul, Peter, Joseph — and the list goes on. In every instance, God had a plan.
A pastor (Allen Davis) related this story during a minister’s convention several years ago. He was visiting door-to-door and walked up the walk to a house surrounded by a tall hedge. There was a little delay before someone came to the door and when he told his mission, the resident angrily told him he had awakened him and slammed the door in his face.
Since it was the last house on the block, the pastor turned the corner and knocked on the first door as he started down that side of the street. Imagine his surprise when the same man opened the door. Same house — different door. Inwardly he groaned, thinking he had made a “mess.” But, instead of facing anger, the man started laughing and invited the pastor inside for coffee. It wasn’t a mess — it was God’s plan.
So I have concluded if you are following Christ and obeying God’s Word, there’s no way your life or any situation is going to be a mess, because God is in control and He doesn’t make messes.
However, a person can “mess up” with his own way and his own rules for living. And that can’t be blamed on God.
But the wonderful thing is, God will come to your rescue and straighten out your mess when you call on Him. He won’t fuss, He won’t beat you over the head; He won’t desert you.
Psalm 34:18 (KJV): “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Read the whole chapter.)
Psalm 51:17 (KJV): “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
And look at what Isaiah wrote: “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:2 KJV).