How God can turn your mess into a message of hope!
As part of Prisons Week, Trudy Makepeace shares her remarkable testimony, as told in more detail in her book Abused. Addicted. Free, published this month.
How many times have you found yourselves in a messy situation, or you yourself have messed up and thought that’s it, I have blown it, it’s all over there is no way back?
My life had always been problematic and messy. From my childhood I was trying to cover up the mess, hide from the pain and feelings of shame which came from abuse. Running led me headlong into an 18-year drug addiction, crime, prison, and prostitution.
I felt ashamed, disappointed, hopeless, and powerless to change. I ran from one messy situation into another, causing more damage and chaos up to the point where I had given up hope and others had, too.
I am reminded of Moses in Exodus 12:2 when he tried to cover up his mistake of killing a man. He ran away until God met him at the burning bush. Moses had a revelation of God who then called him, commissioned him and brought him back to the very place from which he had fled. Moses heard the call and it’s from this time when he himself understood what it was to be lifted out of a mess, that his message became one of hope and freedom, helping to deliver others from their mess.
First Moses heard God call to Him and replied “here I am God”, then he responded to God’s call, making himself available.
When we listen and respond to God’s word to us in our lives with a willing and a submissive heart, we are inviting God into the situation to speak, heal, release, and lead us according to his ways.
For God to redeem our mess and turn it into a message of hope we need to stop covering up, stop avoiding, stop running and be honest with God. Nothing is hidden from him anyway – only then when we permit Him to step into the situation and yield to his word and his Spirit will he be able to heal, release, restore and use the situation, for
“God is able to work all things together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28
Every mess we have made, every mistake. Jesus never came to rub our mistakes in, but to rub them out and restore His purposes for our lives.
Even the damage caused by others God can mend, and will perfect his work in us by his spirit:
“He is merciful, and He comforts us in our affliction, so that we too may be able to comfort those who are in affliction.” 2 Cor. 1:3
From prison God took me into prisons to release captives and to share my story. From being in rehabs I went to leading a rehab – from being one filled with pain, bitterness, unforgiveness, shame and hopelessness I now get to share with others and minister the Gospel into the lives of others that too need this wonderful salvation, healing, and freedom. I get to sit with the broken and bruised, to come alongside them and speak life and hope.
Whatever the mess is that you find you have made or find yourself in, when you say yes to God, he will turn it into a message of hope because he is the God of all hope.