Back Into Order
by Ali Smith
Chaos can be described as disorder, confusion, turmoil even disruption. My favorite mental picture of chaos is of a pendulum wave. If you are not sure what that is, an internet search for pendulum wave demonstrations can help illustrate this concept. When starting the balls of the same size, they begin to move in a fluid pattern. But because they are on different lengths of rope their swinging comes into a moment of chaos where the balls seem to go into disorder and do not appear to be rhythmic. Keep watching and you will see the apparent disorderly swinging balls come back into order. To me this simple illustration provides peace to me, as I know this is how God works.
“Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son or daughter
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.”
This is a stanza from the song “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham.
The moment of apparent disorder is still all within His plan for our lives; He can bring it back into order as the illustration demonstrates or recollection of a personal experience has shown. In James 1:2, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. [ESV] and Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [NIV] there is talk of trials and plans to prosper you.
We will have disruptions to our rhythmic days and chaos in our lives. I encourage you to take these disruptions to the Lord in prayer because He is the King above all kings as the lyrics attest. He does bring our chaos back into order. Whether to a restored order or a new order:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 [ESV]