I have often wondered what creation looked like. In Genesis 1:1-4, God says the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep. That’s a good analogy of our lives before meeting God – a chaotic and formless mess. Everyone knows what chaos looks like and feels like. For me this morning, it was trying to read Paradise Lost for a class I’m taking and taking care of a three-year-old at the same time; I can let you in on a secret – the two aren’t compatible. We live in a hectic world and our lives reflect that chaos. I like the way that Saul Bellow summed it up in the forward to Allan Bloom’s 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind, “In the greatest confusion, there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.”
I believe the world we live in today, with its smart phones and high tech devices for everything imaginable, reflects our attempts to create order out of chaos. The problem is we’ve just created more chaos. Sometimes I long to return to the days of Mayberry with Andy Taylor and Barney Fife. I long for simplicity. No one knows what the future of our world may be. But this one thing I do know:
O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last He will stand upon the earth.
– Job 19:23-25.
So, when your world collapses into chaos, please remember that our connection to God has not changed, because he is still alive and well and there to turn chaos into calm.