living in the midst of Chaos

“Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created,
loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are.
Can you believe that?
Can you trust God for that?”

Elisabeth Elliot


(image from Parsons.com—chaos engineering)

According to Merriam Webster the word chaos
is a noun meaning a state of utter confusion.

And so I think we can go ahead and safely add a 51st star to our nation’s flag—
not the likes of a D.C. or Puerto Rico but rather because of our living in
the state of Chaos…
For chaos is seemingly alive and well…

Now as to where exactly this 51st state should be located might be
up for a bit of debate but I think it pretty much exists from sea to shining sea—
so therefore it’s really just one big massive state holding all 50 of the rest of us
‘states’ as bit of a hostage.

So rather than making it a state…let’s just make it a new continent….
bringing our 7 to a nice even 8.
Because it’s not simply the US that is living in and with chaos,
but pretty much most of the globe.

In case you need some clarification…a bit of reminding of what it is that
I’m talking about…let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane…

We started with a lab leak that ensued into a global pandemic
in what seemed like the course of a single day…

We locked down, masked up, shuttered our lives and livelihoods
all the while battling one another over the correct course
of treatment.

To vaccine or not to vaccine, that is the question.

We hoarded toilet paper.

We bought up all sorts of food items to freeze while waiting for the
apocalypse.

And now we fight over a thing called a vaccine passport—
Consider it a modern day matter of the haves and have nots—
think class warfare…
think paranoia, persecution, exclusion, and delineation in the most
sinister and divisive of manners.

Moving on…

Next we had an election.

I use the term ‘election’ very loosely and there’s not enough time
in the day to chat about all of that so just know…there was a
quote unquote election.

This little election situation has left us with a person in charge
who is publicly struggling under the weight of dementia while calling himself
the President of the United States.

My uncle has dementia and oddly claims to be the governor of South Carolina
despite having been born and raised in Georgia and having lived in
both Virginia and Florida.
Go figure.

This dementia / presidential thing is a bad thing but again,
there is not enough time to chat about such.
Just know that a president with dementia means the inmates are running
the asylum and things are not going well at all in that little department.

Think the Border.
Think immigrants.
Think Covid.
Think Afghanistan.
Think Socialism.
Think lawlessness.
Think trillions of your tax dollars itching to go piss in the wind
for the lack of a better example.
Think Big Brother.
Think defunding police.
Think CRT
Think the approving of transgenderism for little girls and boys as young as 4.
Think Judaeo / Christian persecution
Think the rewriting or total erasing of history
Think desecration.
Think division.
Think a nation run amuck.

Throw in mother nature with her earthquakes, hurricanes,
fires, tornados along with the mantra of climate change…
and well we’ve got a huge mess on our hands.

Don’t think you’re affected?

Well, if you are breathing, then you too are living in the midst of chaos.

It’s all just downright unsettling.
It’s frightening.
It’s depressing.
It’s a feeling of helplessness.
And it is so utterly surreal that it hurts the brain.

But just when I was screaming in my head, TAKE ME NOW LORD…
I stopped in order to play a little bogland catch-up—-
In doing so, I saw where our good friend IB posted an interesting tale…

Bitter Pills and Pharmakeia

https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/2021/08/16/bitter-pills-and-pharmakeia/

Now where I found her post interesting for a myriad of reasons…it was
something else in her post that actually brought me to a beautiful sense of hope.

It’s really easy to quickly fall into the pit of despair these days.
IB lamented much the same.

All you have to do is to pop back up a couple of paragraphs of this post
and read about life under a president with dementia.
Read about Mother Nature.
Read about the decline of Western Civilization….
but I digress…

IB wrote toward the end of her post,
“I am sad and concerned about many things, the earthquake in Haiti,
the manmade humanitarian disaster unfolding in Afghanistan,
and the tyranny building here in the US.
And the Lord is like, Nope!
What matters first and foremost is your unmet emotional needs,
your well being, our relationship. God is a great multitasker,
He has the whole world in His hands, and still the time to give
me His undivided attention.
My being “shocked and sad” about what is going on in the world doesn’t
really help anyone anyway.”

And that’s what hit me deeply about her post—no matter what storm is raging,
God, who is always omnipresent, is in the midst of it all…
with me remaining at the center of his concern and love—
just as you are…deeply held in the center of His concern and love

The Master multitasker, who has the world constantly in His sight, keeps
each of us in His tender embrace. He will not fail us.
Our earthly leadership will come and go…human beings will continue
to fail one another…but our God will never waiver.

And it is that single thought that is what allows me to get up each morning as we
all prepare to face what this sorrowful world has in store for us—
Remember…in the end He wins and therefore, we win!

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples,
“Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.
There were also other boats with him.
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat,
so that it was nearly swamped.
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.
The disciples woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,
“Quiet! Be still!”
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples,
“Why are you so afraid?
Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other,
“Who is this?
Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Mark 4:35-41

28 comments on “living in the midst of Chaos

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Thank you for this today.. I have been struggling about what to write and you’ve given me some really good thoughts. Our world is in a mess. It has been since the day that Adam & Eve disobeyed God. It will continue until we die. It may seem the mess is getting bigger and bigger, but our God is so much bigger than the mess. He alone is our hope and salvation. In spite of all the crud we deal with on a daily basis, He can calm the turmoil.

    • I’ve gone back in after seeing a few mistakes and fixed some typos etc..
      I was in the middle of writing it when they called to tell us James was running a high fever. Since it was after 9, her only recourse was the ER at Scottish rite— the children’s hospital.
      They were there until 1 AM and said they were lined up out the doors.
      Two kids in his room at daycare have the same symptoms and tested positive so his room is quarantined.
      They tested him but won’t know results for 12 hours — they gave him more meds for the fever and sent them home— so here we go, again.

      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Oh no. I will pray for all of you and especially dear, sweet James. Remember God has overcome the chaos. Trust in His faithfulness.

      • The irony of my post — even as I was writing of the hope in the midst of chaos- the enemy goes to work!!!

      • atimetoshare.me says:

        There is always hope, my dear friend. God has defeated the enemy and even though he seems alive and well, he will never see paradise. In the end, we win too.

      • That’s right— in the end— we do indeed win!!!!

      • Well the good news is that James does not have Covid but some other virus— but due to positive tests in his class they’ve sent the room all home for 10 days

      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Oh that’s for letting me know. Poor little guy needs some hugs. Glad it isn’t t COVID

      • Well, this virus is a bugger bear— he still has a fever and is sleeping a lot— I’m heading down tomorrow to keep him til the weekend — pray I don’t get whatever— we’re going on a belated anniversary trip next weekend!

  2. bcparkison says:

    We are in uncharted waters and trusting God is our only hope.

  3. Mel Wild says:

    Great post, Julie. Especially, how you ended it with hope. We’ve been singing a song, “Reign Above it All,” which is like a tonic to the soul during these chaotic times. It really puts things in their proper perspective. Here’s the first verse and chorus:

    The reign of darkness now has ended
    In the kingdom of light
    In the kingdom of light
    Forever under Your dominion
    You’re the King of my life
    You’re the King of my life

    You reign above it all, You reign above it all
    Over the universe and over every heart
    There is no higher name
    Jesus, You reign above it all

    We must always remember that Jesus reigns above even this chaos! Amen,

  4. Well said, Julie! It really is chaotic and kind of scary out there. We really do need to stand on our Rock and refuse to give way to fear. Thanks for the mention.

    Somebody coined the term “regular sick” which I really liked. People get colds and flu as a normal, healthy part of life. In fact, it’s vital and necessary for kids to exercise their immune system. That’s how they exercise, build resistance. We had covid go through a daycare not far from me and my heart sunk and I was scared, but then I remembered “regular sick.” Sure enough, it was a minor cold, hardly noticeable. We’ve gone and taken away “regular sick” and replaced it with this constant fear and terror that doesn’t even have a basis in reality.

    • Exactly— I tried to explain to my son that even if James has Covid— it will be more cold like— passing on after a day or two— and today he is indeed more perky albeit with a more low grade fever than last nights high fever
      — it’s just the freaking quarantining of all the kids now— 🙄

      • Oh my gosh, trying to keep kids in quarantine is the worst thing ever! I remember trying to get a 4 yr old with a high fever to rest, as she is just crawling across the backs of chairs and leaping from tables. Adults of course, would be semi-conscious with a fever like that, but not kids. Kids tend to be incredibly resilient. 🙂

  5. Thank you, Julie. All denominations need to call their churches to prayer and fasting for repentance. The OPC is setting aside Saturday for all our churches. We need to know our heavenly Father and turn to Him for His mercy and forgiveness, to praise Him for His goodness, presence, and power among us. Just when we think things are better, He convicts us of our pride and rebellion as we look to men. He calls us to His Word, to know Him and live in the knowledge and full dependence on Him. Prayer and praise are the voice of His people. Blessings as we wait, encourage others to know Him and yes! ~ speak His Word and sing His praises to the children.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    I heard someone today say, “When have you heard of someone having the flu?” Interesting. Maybe we could credit Covid with ending the flu, which has also been known as a big killer and also as a regular sick most generally recovered from. The end result will be – who knows? But one thing fairly certain is that people will not have natural immunities to the extent for which God designed people for natural healing.

  7. hatrack4 says:

    As for your uncle, having lived in South Carolina, they may not know that I no longer live there, so I could vote for your uncle’s re-election. As for Mother Nature, I find it odd that when we do not want to blame things on our Father God, we blame them on Mother Nature, as if they are opposing forces. I think you have inspired another post here, but there could be judgment within those storms – yes, seemingly innocent people are hurt, but they are a wake up call to turn to God, one source of calm in the midst of chaos.

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    What a crazy time

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