Nothing. Then chaos. Then wonder.
It can’t get much worse…or much better…than that, and it’s much the same when God begins a work in our lives.
There’s nothing, no awareness of gifts and talents, no vision or purpose. Then a plan begins to form, an inkling of direction, a promise is given, and all hell breaks loose. Chaos reigns. If anything, it seems more impossible than when there was nothing. Things appear bleak and hopeless, but the Spirit hovers and the Word speaks; things shift. The vision isn’t yet fulfilled, the goal not yet met, but the shifting and stirring indicates something is on the horizon. Momentum gathers, and beauty emerges. Layer upon layer, step by step, things began to unfold. What seems disconnected from the plan, what seems meaningless becomes the nurturing place for the greater part until, finally, the masterpiece unfolds, the vision is tangible, the goal is attained.
Tip: Chaos is part of creation. Never does a plan unfold in entirety, a work of art start with the details, or the fulfillment of a dream come without difficulties. Hang on through the chaos and keep focused and full of faith through the unlovely until the lovely can emerge.
*Do you have an unfulfilled dream? What steps will eventually lead you there? School for a career? Budgeting for debt management? Demolition to remodel?
*Do you have overwhelming clutter? Create the chaos by taking everything out of the space, clearing out the unused, then sorting and returning it to the space in an organized fashion.
*Are you dealing with disappointment and frustration? What are you telling yourself about the apparent chaos? What truth can you cling to instead? Press through the discouragement; beauty lies ahead.