My morning time with God isn't pretty. I have notebooks and journals spread out all over the couch. My messenger bag hangs open. Sharpie pens and colored pencils roll around amid notebook paper and printouts of maps or reading schedules. My Kindle and iPhone are hidden somewhere under a journal or stack of pages. And there I sit, in the middle of it all, wrapped up in my big ol' fuzzy blanket. It's a mess.
But it works beautifully. I lose losing myself in Bible study, prayer, and journaling during those early morning hours while everyone else sleeps. I love digging deep and letting God's Word seep into my heart. I love sitting, quietly listening, until God speaks to me. I love my early mornings with just me and God...and coffee. Always coffee.
If you want to know the truth, my faith is like that, too. It's messy. I'm all over the place. I'm up and down, victorious one minute, struggling for air the next. So often, I'm right in the middle of a big mess, trying to find peace in the midst of chaos. And every time I look, I find God - right there in the middle of it all, with me, just waiting for me to reach for Him. He's in the middle of the mess. Even when life isn't pretty, He takes my tiny bit of faith, and makes it something beautiful.