Entering the Mess


I sat in the booth at my favorite local restaurant and smiled as the waitress, named Amy, approached my table. I frequented this place often and had briefly talked with Amy about her life and about my job with Youth For Christ. She was nice, but often seemed guarded in our interactions.

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night and for some reason could not get Amy off my mind.

What was I doing up at 2am thinking about a waitress I barely knew?

Little did I know, God had a specific reason for bringing her to mind. I prayed for her that night before I went back to sleep, but for the rest of the week I continued to feel burdened for her. I continued to pray for her as she came to mind.

About a month later Amy contacted me out of the blue.

“Hey, I was just wondering more about your clubs and what you have available for high schoolers,” she said.

Her voice sounded tired and heavy,

“My daughter Jordan has been acting out a lot. We recently had to take her to see a psychiatrist because of her behavioral issues. I want to find a place for her to get plugged into. I’d also love if you could meet with Jordan before she goes to club so it’s not a bunch of strangers.”

I gave her the information, asking casually if Jordan was okay with her mom setting her up like this.

Amy said, “At this point, she doesn’t really have a choice anymore.”

Later that week I met with Jordan. She was more open than I anticipated and our conversation went well. But after the meeting Amy messaged me, telling me that right after I met with Jordan she lied to her mom and ran off with her boyfriend.

“I’m so frustrated,” Amy said. “I just don’t know what to do anymore. My relationship with my daughter is so broken… I’m sorry for bringing you into our mess.”

My heart broke at her pain, but I was thankful for the opportunity to interject,

“Amy, thank you for bringing me into your mess. Jesus intentionally entered into our mess, and he brings hope and healing to our mess. I’m so glad to do that for you. That’s what God has called me to do.”

This is the essence of the gospel.

With loving compassion, God relentlessly pursues his broken, wayward, and messy children.

Our prayer team has continued to pray for Amy and Jordan as things have continued to worsen. But this is just the beginning of their story. We pray that through their hurt, God would reveal his desire to have a relationship with Amy and Jordan, and that they would see their need for Christ.

Please join us in praying for Jordan and her mom.

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