This Beautiful Mess

As a mom with young children I clean up a lot of messes. And I mean a lot. Daily. And I find myself getting frustrated as I sweep and mop the kitchen floor for the third time in a day due to dropped food or spilled milk. Well, the Lord is teaching me to see the beauty in messes. And it started with the post-meal mess in the photo above.

It was Sunday, July 1st. The day after I shot the Smith-Vaniz 50th Wedding Anniversary party. The sweet family who hired me also sent me home with TONS of BBQ, baked beans & coleslaw that was leftover from the party to use for our ministry. I was so excited because we planned to take some of our neighborhood kids to church with us for the first time and I was going to bring them home for lunch after and serve them the abundance we had received from Pig & Pint! Oh how much joy I had as I envisioned our neighborhood kids gathered around my dining room table enjoying this gift from the Lord!!

But they were not able to come. And my heart hurt. I was feeling so much disappointment and discouragement as our church service started that Sunday morning. As I sat there I chose to worship and I began to pray, asking Holy Spirit how He wanted us to use this food for His glory and His kingdom.

And then it happened. A homeless couple walked in the church. They sat just two rows in front of us. And I knew. Deep down in my spirit I KNEW that this is who would sit at my dinning room table and eat BBQ with us today!

When the service ended we introduced ourselves to them. They told they were homeless and looking for help. We invited them to lunch. At our home. Around my dining room table.

Lee visited with them as I put the babies down for a nap, heated lunch and fixed our plates. The conversation that began in our family room continued over lunch as they shared their stories and we shared ours. The stories they told were incredibly painful. My heart broke as I began to understand what led each of them into addiction and to the streets. And we were here. We were available to share Truth, to share Jesus. To speak life over them.

Throughout our visit, Lee and I were both praying, listening for Holy Spirit to lead us in not only what to say, but also what help to offer. We both felt led to offer them a plan to help them get off the streets, to gift them two nights in a local hotel, and to fix them to go plates with enough food for a couple of days. We talked a lot about Jesus and the freedom He is offering each of them.

The hardest part of ministry is that each person has to choose for themselves. These sweet new friends have our phone numbers. They know where our house is. They know that we are willing to help when they are ready. Will you pray with us for G & P. Pray that the see we had the honor of sewing in their lives will find good soil in their hearts. Pray for them to see the light of Jesus shining through the darkness that surrounds them. Pray that they will CHOOSE to say YES to the One who can save them! Pray that will see them again, have opportunity to love them again.

Oh what an honor it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world.


Redeemer 54 Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable missions organization. We operate completely on faith that the Lord will provide for every need we have as a ministry. One way to support us is through hiring Meridith Lee Photography which supports both our family and ministry. You can also donate directly to Redeemer 54 by using the link below.

1 Comment

  1. Thank You, Jesus, for giving Lee and Mer hearts that don’t just FEEL compassion for someone, but ACT upon it.


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