Divine Chaos

Of all the word pictures Jesus painted, I can’t think of another that engenders the peace of spirit that comes from feeling secure in God’s loving care more than this: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. If God so clothes the grass of the field, will He not much more clothe you?” Can you see those lilies now? Tall and straight, perfectly formed and laced with dew, each a polite distance from the next, they sway as one to the sweet strains of songbirds and a gentle breeze as it sweeps through an open meadow awash with morning sun. At least that’s how I would have had them grow, if God had asked me.

A very different scene hangs above my desk—a hopeless tangle of wildflowers and weeds, grasses, thistles, and who knows what, some flourishing, some beginning to fade, and some gone to seed. The photo was the reward of a long, hot trek through the Texas countryside in search of a scene that matched a mental picture that had come to me months earlier while praying about my part in a new project that involved quite a few people, each of whom added his or her particular needs, opinions, aspirations, quirks, and hang-ups to the mix.

The amazing thing about that scene when I glimpsed it in prayer was how it instantly set my heart and mind to rest. I had the distinct feeling that God not only had it all under control, but that He delighted in the complexity and diversity, in each and every element and its place in the hodgepodge. The Creator in love with His creation. Things weren’t as I would have had them, but as He would have them. That realization made all the difference. I titled my photo Divine Chaos, and I study and draw from it whenever I work myself into turmoil over some new problem. “Consider the flowers of the field, how they grow.”

Hebrews 1:3 ESV / He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Colossians 1:16 ESV / For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for hi

1 John 1:5 ESV / This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


  1. margo
    April 17, 2015, 5:14 am   /  Reply

    This is very beatiful, and learning approach for those whom believe in scientology. I has a nephew who’s girlfriend thinks there is no God. The earth was made through process of life in scientology. And I have friends who say the same. I’m greatful for my grandmother instilling the word of God in my heart. My faith in the Lord brings hope, in which I promised myself to break a mode of Learned Behavior Patterns and of disfunctioning traits. My faith , hopes had brought perseverance to bring a passion of bringing right and wrong. I have beaten cancer 5 times. I know God has a plan for me. I love your postings

  2. Jeffery nevills
    April 13, 2017, 5:38 am   /  Reply

    Good had a plan for US all. I almost lost my life, but by his mercy and grace I’m still here making changes. Praising him everyday and trying my best to be the man that he needs me to be for him. I can do all things through Christ. He strengthens me!!!!!

  3. Lavada
    April 30, 2017, 4:01 pm   /  Reply

    I had just prayed for the Lord to show me that He was in control of a family matter. Then as I read this I knew he had answered me. He is in control!! I’m so very thankful for He has shown me this through your story!

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