For anyone trying to keep it together on the days leading up to Easter Sunday…this is for you.
I don’t know what your “chaos” looks like this week. But God does.
Maybe it’s normal chaos. We are far gone from a normal 40-hour workweek as it was decades ago. More is on our plate than ever, and we are expected to keep up with everything that is traveling at lightning speed.
Or maybe you are experiencing unexpected chaos. A betrayal of a friend. A recent diagnosis. The death of a loved one. Life threw an unexpected punch and didn’t even give you time to block it.
For too many of you, you are experiencing both. Life was already chaotic, and then life threw a curveball.
We are not asking you to act like everything is okay this week because it’s Holy Week. Quite the opposite. Jesus’ week leading up to the resurrection was anything but peaceful, and yet it was, and is still, holy.
Holy isn’t always initially peaceful. Holy means sacred. Sacred means connected to God. And sometimes we connect to God the most in the chaos.
What that means is that the world is always going to be chaotic. Instead of us trying to push away the chaos and pretend everything is okay, we need to embrace that there is chaos in the world, and the only peace comes from above.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I wish I could take the painful chaos away from you this week. But since I can’t, I ask that instead of avoiding it, you lean into it. Use any hard moment this week to turn to God and see what we can do for His glory in the middle of the mess.
Dear Lord, Life is hard right now. Sometimes I get so busy in this chaotic whirlwind that we call life that I don’t come to you as much as I should. Help me to lean in during the tough times instead of pulling away. Help me to use every hard moment to find the holiness of the moment, as you can make any moment holy. Help open my eyes to times when I can be praising you or sharing you with others. Amen.
- What is the “chaos” in your life right now?
- What can you do this week during those moments to turn to God?
Jessie Synan is a Master’s student in Theological Studies who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 5000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”