Clarity in the Chaos

Today I have a little brain teaser for you… What does this mean to you?

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Is it just a random jumble of letters to you? Or were you able to break it down and see something hidden in the chaos? Not sure? Look again…

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Cool, huh? It’s amazing what we can see when we take a few moments to slow down and look closer at something that initially looks a little bit chaotic. (It kind of looks like I just punched the keyboard.)  This isn’t just true for randomly created puzzles for a blog… It also holds true to God’s plan for our lives.

Life can be CUH-RAZY. Sometimes it seems like plans change every 14 seconds. It is hard to keep up, let alone embrace and thrive in the midst of it. We can easily become confused or overwhelmed if we try to deal with all of our issues/challenges/questions all at once.

But here’s the best part: God has already got it figured out. He breaks it down and feeds it to us in little chunks. Sure, sometimes it feels as if we are going to choke on those chunks. And I know it is cliche– but God really isn’t going to give us more than we can handle.

Anyone else out there ever beg God to show you the “whole picture?” I know I do. Especially in the midst of tragedy or trial. “God, why oh why am I faced with this?!? Tell me what the purpose is!!” As much as I think I want to see the big picture, I believe there is a very legitimate reason as to why God doesn’t give us the whole big picture of our life mission at once.

If He did, we would like to think that we would say “Ok, that make sense, Father. Thanks for that. I appreciate the clarification. It’s cool. Do yo thang.” But if we are being perfectly honest with ourselves, I can’t help but wonder if we wouldn’t be overwhelmed with the huge things that would eventually be facing us.

I would probably feel the same way you did when looking at that “brainteaser” above. I personally might be inclined to panic. Or be confused.  My eyes would swim. A headache would approach. I’m a human. I would probably still want to doubt God’s plan. Or at least negotiate.

Sometimes it feels like life is one big puzzle.

I don’t know what you are facing right now in your life. I would be willing to guess that things aren’t always hunky-dory perfect. Maybe things seem overwhelming… confusing… scary… uncertain… or just straight up give you a headache.

But there’s great news. God is the ultimate problem solver. He is going to take a the jumbled up word puzzle that is our life and show us the answers. It might take awhile. But eventually, God will reveal His plan for our life, whether on this side of heaven or the next.

What things seems chaotic in your life right now? Share your story by commenting below– I would love to pray for you! And  remember that you can trust God with all your heart… and He will ALWAYS bring clarity in the chaos… no matter how long it takes.

From clueless to clarified,
SGK

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” –Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)

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13 thoughts on “Clarity in the Chaos

  1. Sarah Koci Scheilz

    God already has it figured out — such a critical reminder, friend! Thank you! visiting from Soli Deo Gloria today and grateful for your words.

    • Thank you Sarah!! People think I blog to lift up others (which I do) and because God told me to (also true.) However, I sometimes need my own personal reminder. Blessings!

      • Freddie

        Hi am Freddie from Charlotte, NC,

        Great encouragement! I need this. Bless you!

  2. Bekah

    It’s like you manage to write exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it! Everything is just kind of chaotic right now with family, friends, theatre, and even youth worship ministry. For me, reading this post was kind of like turning on flashlight in a dark room. Thanks!

    • Oh little Bekah… How I adore you! Thank you for your sweet words. And I know things are chaotic– and continue to escalate. But I firmly believe God does have it all figured out. That is why He is a lamp unto our feet– and not a floodlight for our entire surroundings.

      One step at a time, darling. Praying for y’all!

  3. fullherlife

    Good Morning Sharita!
    I have noticed that too, how he gives us little chunks of life and learning at a time. He’s so good to us! Come on over and visit me when you can! ~ Blessings girl, Amy

    • So glad He doesn’t dump it all on us at one– because I would most certainly melt into a puddle ha ha! Thanks for your comment, friend! You rock my world!

  4. What a wonderful reminder. When I found the word TRUST in the puzzle, I found my mind immediately going to the verse. Thanks, too, for using the Message’s version of Proverbs 3:5-6. It’s freshness really struck a chord for me.

    • Thanks so much! It’s amazing how we can find snippets of trusting Him in the mess that sometimes presents itself as our lives.

  5. Well done, Sharita. For years I used to beg and plead with God to reveal my tomorrow and the next day. He never did. Looking back over the past 24 years that I’ve been a believer and seeing ‘why’ He hasn’t let me see ahead….I am so thankful that He protected me! There are 4 or 5 major life ‘detours’ that I would have NEVER taken if I had known all the details. May we never settle for simply our own assumptions regarding our destiny.

    • AMEN, Brother!! I have done the same thing, begging for the big picture… But the crazy (awesome) paths that He took me down really were for the better. So thankful I am not “driving” this bus… Just a passenger 🙂

  6. Wow, love this! I’m a big believer that there is a reason we only get bits and pieces of the big story. We couldn’t handle it. God is the one to turn to, He is ALWAYS there and He does know the big picture of what is to be our life and so it’s best to leave it to Him.
    Thanx for the reminder!
    DV-NMV

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Nicki. It’s a great reminder for all of us– myself included 🙂

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