Devotional, Goals, Motivation, Priorities

Please, No Chaos!

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Symphony by Switch

I recently took a break from something I love doing, which is writing. I didn’t plan to take a break from it or really want to do this. One of the social media sites I regularly use, decided to give me a break by suspending my account. I have no idea why, truthfully. I hear that with some social media sites, they don’t like members to discuss too many controversial subjects or having too much volatility in their following. I see this very often though. I also hear that one doesn’t want a member to have too many followers, or delete or add too often. These rules don’t make sense to me. Some current topics, I am very passionate about and at times, I say exactly what I believe and apparently there are a lot of voices out there who agree with my positions. It’s not necessarily wrong to be passionate or state how one believes or for someone else to agree with those passions, but one way or the other, I was gifted with a break from what I normally do.

I wanted to write about several topics in the last week, but I never did. Instead, I let something that disturbed me, consume me. I heard something on the radio this morning that reminded me about the chaos I see and experience lately. I now realize what it was doing to me by allowing myself to be mad, frustrated and irritated by all that was happening around me. I have come to the realization that in the midst of all of this upset, He calls me to wait on Him, to have peace and “Be still and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Even in the madness, there is peace.

Drowning out the voices all around me,

Through all of this chaos

You were writing a Symphony

Symphony by Switch

My tendency is to continue on, and get upset about more “stuff.’ I get so anxious when problems in life that I see and experience, bother me. I don’t take a step back and examine each situation at hand. This is one area in which my husband has impacted my life. He tries to settle me down and encourage me to not get so uptight. There is so often too much happening at once and I don’t let things settle and stop. He tells me regularly that I get too caught up in the noise that I lose the peace.

In the past few days, there were debates on TV with several presidential candidates trying to argue and defend their views. It became so heated, that they were all talking over each other making so much noise that any one voice was lost in the cacophony. I doubt anyone got any value out of it because there was no clear focus, just noise. I know they are passionate, but none of the candidates were listening to what the others were saying. How can one decide who to believe and trust and how can anyone have a clear discussion if nobody is listening? My husband tells me that if we want to have a conversation we need to listen as much as we talk otherwise we are talking over each other.

A lot of us tend to get so involved in our passionate views and things we have to do and say, that our lives become chaotic. We can’t make good decisions because we don’t stop, wait, see or hear what is really going on. We can disagree or dislike without attacking. We can work or perform tasks without overdoing. We can wait and have peace. When our circumstances seem so confusing and difficult and everything happens all at once, we get so frustrated because of chaos, but we can wait on God to bring together, things for our good, at the right time.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28(HCSB)

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14(HCSB)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27(NIV)

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.

John 16:33 (HCSB)

Using the song I quoted earlier, I was curious about how it was tied to a symphony and may be named for this reason. A symphony consists of four major sections of instruments that come together and make beautiful and peaceful music. They don’t distract each other and make useless noise. It is not chaos, but useful to each other and to others. The chaos and distraction in our life shouldn’t pull us away from what is most important: Understanding what purpose God has for all we encounter, even all that we don’t understand, then let His peace bring order, not chaos in our lives. It’s only when God is in control and we hear His voice clearly that our lives become the symphony that He intends for them to be.

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