Chaos. It’s all around us. This has been made especially evident in the last few months leading up to the election. It seems every candidate and every issue is surrounded by conflicting information, and provides even more conflicting information about his or her opponent. We see it everywhere, from protests and political movements to personal commitments and even at times our faith.
Why is our world so chaotic? How can we thrive or even just continue in this chaos that seems to constantly surround us? The benefits of a connected world are vast and innumerable, but along with those benefits come bias, conflicting data, partial stories, personal crusades, and at times, simply too much information. All this can add to the chaos that is so prolific in our world.
So how do we manage chaos? How do we combat chaos instead of being swept along in it? To find this answer, we have to ask ourselves what it is we are missing by living in the chaos. The answer is peace. Peace that comes with knowing there is a greater story. Peace that comes with knowing the story isn’t done. Peace that comes from God. It is through this peace we not only survive, but also thrive in this chaotic world.
Sounds great, right? However, it’s easy to talk about the peace God provides, but not as easy to experience this peace. We are promised peace, yet we fight for control over the bits of chaos in our lives we have no way of controlling. We don’t allow ourselves to experience God’s peace. This behavior of clinging to the illusion of control in the midst of chaos is perpetuating the system. Instead of desperately grasping for control, perhaps we should force ourselves to stop in the midst of the chaos and listen, listen to one another and listen for God working in our lives.
It's not easy to stop in our chaotic world. We are constantly bombarded with things competing for our attention. But when we stop, we experience God’s peace at work. When we stop, we bring peace to the chaos in our lives and in the lives of others.
As we move from the chaos of the election season to the chaos that often accompanies the Holiday season, let’s make time to stop. Let’s be intentional about experiencing the peace of God at work in our lives and let’s share that peace with those around us.
God of life and peace,
Thank you for being present with us in the midst of the chaos. Thank you for providing a solution to the overwhelming drive for attention in our world. Let us be bold enough to stop. Let us experience the peace that comes from you, the peace that provides an answer to the chaos in our world.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27
Posted on Wed, November 9, 2016
by Micah James