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Have you ever felt that your life was too much of a mess to ever be fixed?

A couple weeks ago, I turned my daycare kiddos loose with a few packages of new sidewalk chalk. They took great delight in “decorating” the front of my daycare shed.

In a matter of minutes, the shed doors were covered in colorful, if rather unsightly, scribbles. But of course, being the proud daycare mama that I am, I decided to showcase their artwork by putting it on Facebook.

A few hours after I posted the picture, Facebook kindly informed me (as FB never fails to do) that a friend of mine had left a comment on the picture. I scrolled down to see what he had written, and it immediately made me smile.

He had taken those scribbles and drawn another picture over the top. Where I saw only lines and swirls, he saw a bald hair stylist fixing a lady’s hair. Where I saw a mess of colors, he drew a picture that was both entertaining and creative.

And of course, this little incident set me thinking.

Isn’t that just what God does with our lives?

He can take what looks like an absolute mess, and create something absolutely beautiful out of it.

Your life may be really messed up. Messed up with financial, relational, or health difficulties. Messed up with broken relationships, broken promises, or a broken heart.

It may be a mess because of your own choices, or the choices of another that affected you.

But God wants to you know something:

It doesn’t matter how bad the mess is.

He is big enough to handle it.

Paul made a huge mess of his life–persecuting God’s people and throwing them in jail.

David seriously messed up his life by committing adultery and murder.

Peter kept messing up every time he opened his mouth.

And Joseph was messed up so badly by the betrayal of his brothers and his master’s wife that he landed in prison with no way out.

But in each of these stories, God brought forth mighty redemption. He took the broken pieces, the unsightly scribbles, the utter hopelessness, and created something beautiful and good.

And He can do the same for you.

He can take your mess of scribbles and transform it into a masterpiece of beauty.

There is one condition, though.

If you want God to redeem your life, you must turn it over to Him. Every piece, every part, every hidden broken thing must be placed in His hands.

Are you willing to trust Him with your broken pieces–with the scribbles that mar your life?

The Master Artist stands waiting for you to release your grip on the canvas of your life. He waits for you to hand it to Him.

And then He will bring forth a masterpiece so beautiful it will take your breath away.

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me (Joseph); but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)