Peace in the Midst of Chaos

LIFE TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.  Have you ever been there?  I have.  It’s on days when I’m deeply entangled in the web of chaos I find myself asking, “Where are you God?  Why is this happening to me?”

                Over the past few months, I have been watching two of my friends.  Each one plagued with their own struggles.   Amazingly, they get through one storm only to be hit with another.  Just as their lives appear to be calming down and leveling off, they are struck with another surge of pain and heartache.  Waves of sadness and frustration crash all around threatening to engulf them and pull them under.  At times, it seems all they can do to hold their heads above the turmoil.  Yet my friends continue to keep their faces turned upward and their eyes fixed on God.

                I marvel at their determination to focus on the One who brings peace in the midst of chaos. Though many days are a struggle to get through, each friend thanks God for the strength He provides and the hope He gives.  Each friend admits their circumstances are beyond their ability to control.  Each continually lay their petitions at the foot of the cross.  They give their burdens to the One who lifts them up with nail-scarred hands.  My friends know on Whom they can rely and trust to carry them to the other side of their pain.

                This past Sunday, we sang the hymn It Is Well with a revised chorus.  This chorus version by Todd Fields focuses on God’s presence during our struggles.  He reminds us that God has already won.

It is well, it is well;
Through the storm I am held;
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well, it is well;
God has won, Christ prevailed;
It is well, it is well with my soul

                At the end of our troubles, God reigns victorious.  Christ prevails. Despite the turmoil we endure, God is glorified in the end.   My friends understand this.  It is what keeps them going.  It provides their calm in the midst of chaos. His presence supplies their peace.

                Thank you Diane and Toni for faithfully keeping your focus on God.  I am blessed by your examples.  Your love for God and perseverance through the difficulties you’ve encountered are shining stars of hope to those around you.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”                    (John 16:33, NIV)

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for my friends.  Thank you for their examples of strength, endurance, and hope.  Be with them through their trials and tribulations.  Give them peace in the midst of their chaos.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Photo courtesy of and Schick.

Fields, Todd. [2009, May 28] "It Is Well". Todd Fields. North Point Music, 2010, compact disc.