Thriving in Chaos

Can you believe all the chaos that is going on in our world these days? Japan is working hard to handle the devastation of the massive earthquake and the desolation of a horrific tsunami that tore through her lands. Not only is this so tragic for the loss of human life and property, but the toll on those who survived is just awful. I heard one mom share with great tears how she tried to hold on to her daughter but the current ripped the child from her grasp and now she is left to deal with her own personal chaos. Libya is being torn apart by political unrest and an unstable and brutal dictator. We saw just a few weeks ago a famous actor unravel right before our eyes as the news stations pick up and put on display his destructive and delusional behavior that he was actually ‘winning.’

Not only do we see these chaotic episodes, but people all over are thrust into chaos. Just a few days ago two families in our church are facing the chaos of a death in the family. I know people who are experiencing financial chaos, relational chaos, medical chaos, and chaos at work, school, home, and even internally dealing with those inner feelings of anger, insecurity, loneliness, and stress.

The truth is chaos is part of life. Someone once said ‘life is one chaotic adventure after another.’ So with all this pandemonium around us, how do we cope? How do we navigate through all this and remain in some semblance of peace and more than just survival? How do we thrive in chaos?

Now, I will not pretend that there is some quick answer to this, but I do know where to start. One of the best things that helps us as live this chaotic adventure called life is to have someone who can relate to us. You know, someone who has been there, been through it, knows what you are feeling.

We do have One who can relate to us, One who can identify with what we have or are going through.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are– yet was without sin.

That is huge! All of who Jesus is and has been through let’s us understand He knows our life. I came across a video from a creative Christian speaker, J. John, who took a few of the names of Jesus and related them to some of our walks of life. Here is some of what he said and I added a few of my own.

Jesus is the Bread of Life so Bakers could understand.

Jesus is the Water of Life so Plumbers could understand.

Jesus is the Light of the World so Electricians could understand.

Jesus is the Corner Stone so Architects could understand.

Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star so Astronomers could understand.

Jesus is the Hidden Treasure so Bankers could understand.

Jesus is the Life so Biologist could understand.

Jesus is the Door so Carpenters could understand.

Jesus is the Great Physician so Nurses and Doctors could understand.

Jesus is the Good Teacher so Educators could understand.

Jesus is the Lyly of the Valley so florists could understand.

Jesus is the Rock of Ages so Geologists could understand.

Jesus is the True Vine so Horticulturists could understand.

Jesus is the Righteous One so Judges could understand.

Jesus is the Purl of Great Price so Jewelers could understand.

Jesus is Wisdom so Philosophers could understand.

Jesus is the Word so Actors could understand.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd so farmers could understand.

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega so Scientists could understand.

Jesus is the Way so Mapmakers could understand.

Jesus is the Truth so Politicians could understand.

Jesus is the Redeemer so Recyclers could understand.

Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor so Psychologists could understand.

And we could take any of the other names for Jesus and show that Jesus is the One who can relate to any and all people. He not only speaks our life language, but has been through much of the same chaos you and I have been through or will go through. That’s so we would do what the next verse in Hebrews 4 says…

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

I don’t know what personal chaos you are in the midst of or will go through, but I do know you will. It is a part of this chaotic adventure called life. When it hits, get help, don’t be alone and for sure draw near to Jesus as best as you know how. It’s not a magic fix and it will take great effort, and you may not feel better, but you will not just survive, you will thrive.

Jesus is not some distant deity, but our Savior and Lord who longs for us to draw near to Him. Chaos or not, life is better knowing Jesus. Why not seek to get closer to Him.

Seeking to Know Him More and More with you,

Mike

PS here is a link to that video I took the list from:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LV94ZGk6GI

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One Response to Thriving in Chaos

  1. Isaiah says:

    Thank you for that message.

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