Peace in the Chaos

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So in the midst of this revolving door of cray-cray, where the socks lie random and rolled up in every room, where boys bicker and sometimes even scrabble ’til one sobs sore, where tantrums erupt and volcanoes of anger spew loud, how does one find Peace?

Prince of Peace. I know He is here in the midst of it all.

The agenda, the to-do list that never ends, with items unmarked and moved to the next day’s agenda or pushed to the next week’s to-do list (again). I sigh, gather my resources and try again at one task, at least one task done, Lord. But the mundane is interrupted time and time again by the urgent.

A child needs to be picked up from school not feeling well, an appointment needs to be booked and this means rescheduling a work commitment, soup needs to be made for 14, the bathroom… (oh the bathroom!) needs a good cleaning before the 11 arrive to eat soup, a friend calls in a panic needing a favour, we need to find a neighbour friend to deliver the papers for the child in a feverish puddle on the floor… and oh my… the soup pot isn’t big enough – need to rustle up another from nearby friends, the ones with a house close enough to run to…

And all the while, He whispers, “Peace. Peace, my child.”

The cat regurgitates on the rug again, and the mud is flying off boots onto the already vacuumed floor. All of a sudden a crafty mess has appeared on the dining room table that still needs setting for 14. And then I remember how last time we hosted Soup Night, we ran out of spoons (and bowls for dessert) and I notice my heartbeat quicken in concern.

I need to run a child here and pick up another there all the while coordinating how to be in 2 places at once and not fall into ‘frantic mode’. That’s no good, that mode.

My eyes fall upon the magnet on the fridge:

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in a the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mmmhhhmmm.  The magnet was meant to remind me of that and to push me towards the One who can give peace, even in chaos.

Wasn’t it He who calmed the raging storm at sea?

So certainly He is the one who can calm this raging storm surge in my heart and my mind, my Jesus.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”      Jn. 14:27

Jesus, I receive that peace. Please help me.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.   2Thess.3:16

Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace, thank you.

May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.    Rom.15:13

Holy Spirit, I need your help to stay in peace and joy.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of Christ, that transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.      Phil.4:6-7

Jesus, in the chaos of life, the urgent interruptions, would you help me to find that peace? Your peace… the peace you promise… the peace that passes all understanding. Help me choose peace above the chaos.