The work of sorting out complicated messes usually isn't painless or glamorous, but it is necessary if we want to move forward in a meaningful way. Whether you are facing a complex problem at work or in your personal life, know that you will benefit from addressing the situation rather than burying it. And know that God will be with you every step of the way to give you comfort and strength.

“A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Mark 9:17 & 22 NIV

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 NIV

Have you ever been given the assignment of unraveling a jumbled mess at work? In contrast to the feelings of excitement that can come with starting a fresh project, frustration can arise when we are asked to solve existing problems. It can take days, weeks, or even months to simply identify the real issues we need to focus on in such situations, and whether our cleanup work involves the resolution of technical problems, bookkeeping errors, or interpersonal issues among coworkers, a lot of headaches are often suffered before any true progress is seen.

The work of untangling messes usually isn’t smooth or glamorous, but it is necessary to move forward both professionally and personally. How do you feel when you’re faced with unraveling a mess in your personal life? How rocky and frustrating can that feel? When life is seemingly ruined by problems of addiction, emotional selfishness, or irresponsible living, it often seems tempting to just give up and wish the situation away. However, ignoring troublesome issues simply allows them to grow and consume us. Even though our lives are short—even though it might take weeks, months, or even years to get back to a proverbial even mark after honestly identifying a problem—it will always be to our benefit to tackle the true issues that are complicating our lives.

In the Gospel of Mark, a man brought his demon-possessed son to the disciples of Jesus so that they could heal him. This demon routinely caused the boy to foam at the mouth and convulse, and it had even robbed the boy of his speech. The disciples tried to help, but they couldn’t cast the demon out. When Jesus arrived on the scene, the boy’s father felt the situation was impossible, but he asked Jesus to try to help, if He could.

“If I can?” Jesus said knowingly, and then He proceeded to throw out the demon so that the boy was healed.

Maybe the work of cleaning up some mess in your life seems absolutely impossible—maybe the amount of pain between now and a better future seems unendurable—but remember that God has the power to lift you up and get you through your situation one day at a time.

Today, find the courage to start looking toward a better life. Whether you are chest deep in an ill-fitting career that isn’t providing satisfaction or whether your thorniest problems are in your personal life, pray for the strength to begin unraveling the messes that are keeping you from happiness. Even though it might seem easier to just sit still and accept an existence that is only half-alive, know that God wants you to live fully and vibrantly. Remember that with God nothing is impossible. Today, ask for His help and start imagining the better future that will be yours.

Prayer: Dear God, at times I can’t see any way out of my current problems, and at times I don’t even know if my life is long enough to find a way out. However, today I ask for Your help, because I know that nothing is impossible for You. Please heal me and give me strength.

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