Just over a year ago on my birthday, I awoke to a message on my phone from a “creativity app” which gave me a thought for the day. That day, my 47th birthday, the message read “Embrace Chaos!” I took that meaning to heart as I knew that the coming year would be a year of changes for me and for my family. ( I ultimately left a career I’ve known for 25 years and started over on a new path).
However, I didn’t embrace chaos. I embraced the God who is in charge in the midst of chaos.
I will admit that prior to the start of the year I was anxious about what was to come in the new year, but somewhere around New Year’s Eve I began to wrap my mind around what it means to fully walk by faith and not by sight.
When I did that, I began to find adventure each day in what God was bringing me through.
Here are three things that I embraced this last year, and maybe they will help you in the coming year too:
1) Embrace the God of order
Even in the midst of chaos, we can choose to follow the God of the universe who brought order out of chaos. (Gen.1:1). We can trust that whatever we encounter in the coming year that seems to knock us out of our rhythm, God is there to restore order. I believe that sometimes chaos reigns for a period in order for us to cling more and more to Him. Whatever you encounter in 2012 will be a part of his plan for you.
2) Embrace the God of the future
I couldn’t see all of 2011, but I knew that God was already there working out the details. All I had to do was to trust, to seek and to act in obedient faith what God was saying. As my pastor, Pastor Marcus, says “you do the next thing that God reveals”. I can’t tell you the peace of knowing that God is in the future and the peace that comes (Jer. 29:11)
3) Embrace the God of forever
Finally, I found peace in knowing that God’s eternal character and his unfailing love would never be changed or withheld this year based on circumstances. I knew that his forever nature would always be the same and in troubled times we need this assurance. (Psalm 48:14). We can be sure that God will be there for his people-forever.
I kept repeating to myself over and over this last year that I should “Trust the Lord with all of my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6) and as I did this I found a great adventure with God.
I’m praying that for you this year that this will be the year that you discover a deeper, richer level of relationship with God—whatever may come your way. I can guarantee it will be a year that you will never forget.