I believe that most of us are experiencing the crunch of living. The simple life has somehow eluded our grasp. Things that we could once take for granted, like our day’s work ending when we left the workplace or our kids leaving home for good when they got married, are no longer a given. We do work from home. Our kids come back home.
Often we are tempted to ask the question, “Where is God in this whole mess of living?” And the answer, I believe, is that God is the still point in an increasingly chaotic world. God can still bring calm to chaos. God is still a source of hope in the face of despair. With God we can even snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Yes, God is the still point in a turning world. A God Alert
The psalmist knew that, for the world of chaos was turning even in his day. He said it this way, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” (Psalm 46:1)
“Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) the psalmist continues. Congress isn’t God. Cancer isn’t God. Money isn’t God. God is God. God is still present. God has not abandoned the world. God is the author of life and love, so he doesn’t send cancer, sickness, or death. God doesn’t place greed and anger in the hearts of people. Chaos and grief are not from him. God is the still point in the turning world. His love is constant – it doesn’t change. A God Provide
If your life is crowded, if grief or worry is consuming too much of your world, return to the still point and seek refuge in God. Receive renewed strength from the God of our fathers who spared not even his only Son. Be still, and know that God is still God. This Lenten Tuesday is a wonderful day to be still for a little while.
Thanks for John Krahn’s help