in the Midst of Chaos
by Donna Rose Stewart
have known, since I was a teenager, that a major lesson for me
in this life is to learn to remain calm in the midst of chaos.
I spent most of my life (inside myself) rushing around trying
to do God's will. When there was turmoil all around me, I tried
to bring peace and love into the situation. But, I just kept feeling
the outer turmoil upsetting my inner peace, until I would become
confused and agitated within myself. And then I would find that
I was now part of the problem, as I'd been drawn into the chaos.
I didn't realize that the way I was trying to do things was an
attempt to do things on my own - alone - even as I was constantly
praying. I kept wondering why it wasn't working. I was doing everything
I knew to do. Was I doing something wrong? Was I missing something?
Had I misunderstood God's guidance?
Sunday 15 May 2005, while listening to *Joel
Osteen on television, I "got it!" Pastor Joel Osteen's sermon
was entitled, "Enter Into God's Rest" (#266)
and the verses he quoted were from the book of Exodus: Fear
not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation
of the Lord which He will work for you today.... The Lord will
fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.
- Exodus 14:13-14 (Amplified
Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by
The Lockman Foundation)
I understood what I had been missing. I needed to be still inside
and see God work, instead of trying to do it myself. Inner turmoil
kept getting in God's way and He couldn't bless my endeavors because
I was not at peace within myself!
May God bless you with His peace and grace,
Donna Rose Stewart
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