Chaos and Rest

Erik Cooper —  March 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

Friday night was awful.

We got late word that a project we had been working on for weeks was appearing to go bad. An opportunity we had been dreaming about and planning for was potentially falling apart. It was gut wrenching.

My wife and I feigned stability. All is cool. It’s gonna be alright. But my digestive system was already holding open auditions for the new Cirque du Soleil show, “Le Indigestion.” I woke up at 4am having mental conversations with people who weren’t in the room (at least I don’t think they were). Paced the floors. Jotted down potential strategy. And then I heard it:


No seriously, God. I’d like to. I’d really, really like to. But don’t you remember all that ceiling staring that was going on? I’ve got little French clowns doing acrobats on my small intestine. Sleep is not on the docket today.

“Not sleep. Rest.

We desperately long for restful circumstances. God longs for us to rest in Him.

In the midst of my early morning pity party, I flipped on the TV to the truly gut-wrenching stories of the Tornado disaster in Southern Indiana. No better way to put a night of tossing and turning in perspective than to scale it with a catastrophe of that magnitude.

Unspeakable pain, death, and loss.

It’s hard enough to find rest amidst the every day stresses of life, how does rest enter into that kind of chaos? How do we rest when circumstances are anything but stable?

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” -Psalm 62:1-2

Honestly, I don’t always know. No trite spiritual cliches admonishing you to elevate above what you’re experiencing. Small or great, trivial or devastating, personal or global, all I know is that God promised rest. Not in what’s happening around us. In Him alone.

How have you experienced rest when circumstances were anything but restful?

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