Chaos, Broken Relationships and the Father

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Recently there have been moments where I’ve gotten a bit overwhelmed by life and the chaos around me.

It’s easy to see the headlines about Ebola or hear the threats of ISIS and become fearful. And to top if off, as if it really were the icing on the cake, I’ll occasionally run into someone who is the doom and gloom type and they boldly declare “there’s gonna be a financial collapse… what are you doing about it?”

And then the cherry on top of the icing on top of this cake composed of chaos: broken relationships. 

My heart breaks when I hear of things like marriages dissolving, pastors leaving the ministry (either due to their own failure or mistreatment from their beloved congregation), or friends backstabbing each other. To see one of the most fundamental aspects of our human lives being broken and abused hurts my heart.

And it really gets real when those broken relationships happen in my own life. 

With all that’s going on right now, it would be easy to simply go numb and not care. Or it would be easy to freak out and dig a hole in the ground, build a bunker and separate myself completely from the world (the introvert in me is wondering if Amazon sells bunkers on their site…).

Or I can do as Jesus did: live life and trust the Father.

Jesus seemed to have this overwhelming, yet simple reliance on the Father. I want that.  

But I also find myself wanting control.

But I can’t have both.

I either have to continue struggling with not being able to control everything… or I can trust the One who actually has ultimate control.

There’s a song that’s been on repeat in my heart for a couple of months now, and I wonder if it’s what subconsciously has kept me sane.

This is the song (a “golden oldie”, if you will):

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. New every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness, oh LORD. Great is Thy faithfulness.” 

You can take a listen here.

It seems to be taken straight from Lamentations 3:22-23.

What an appropriate context for why the song has been on repeat in my head. Lamentations is quite the emotional rollercoaster of a book… and definitely hits home with all the chaos.

I’ve been trying to rest in that steadfast love.  

For those of you out there that have read this far, I would encourage you to lean into the steadfast love of the LORD as well. Because it never, ever ceases. Regardless of what disease comes and goes. Regardless of what our bank account says or doesn’t say. Regardless of what relationships come and go. The Father doesn’t.

As a response to the steadfast love of the LORD, the writer of Lamentations prays this prayer in the very next verse (24):  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

I’ve made that my prayer today… and I think you should too.