Inside of us, some days, it feels like sheer and utter chaos.
There is a mash of emotions and thoughts from moment to moment. Frustration with a child or spouse, joy welling up over a long reached-for success, a struggle with the many barriers of ministry, hurt and bitterness from the past, or satisfaction from a job well done with the help of God.
There is a mess of stuff inside of us, even in the most put together and ordered individual.
A mess that God sees, when no one else does. He sees the internal struggle for growth instead of stagnancy. He sees the inner workings of our minds and souls. He sees our worry and our fears. He sees all of it.
When He looks into our hearts, we almost instantly picture Him seeing our sin and all the chaos, but instead, this verse tells us, He sees the Spirit interceding and working and growing us.
He fills us and our lives with so many good things – minds and hearts to know Him, struggle to grow stronger, individual personalities that are infinitely creative, and relationships that form us and encourage us and teach us. The Spirit intercedes in all our chaos and mess and fills us with His mind and not our own. The Spirit in our lives means we can focus on God’s mercy, His plans, His purposes and we can let the rest fade away.
Gone is the overwhelming burden of sorting through the chaos of emotions and thoughts to understand ourselves and others and our direction. God’s will is in us through the Spirit. God gives us a clear mind and a clear heart to take on the challenges of the day. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Take on the day ahead with the knowledge that in every moment, He is interceding and working and growing you.