These days I'm starting to feel like Maria in the Sound of Music when she's in the field spinning around and around with her arms open. There is so much stuff in my mind and in my life God is really forcing me to take one day at a time. Better yet, one second at a time.
When I think about everything going on around me God really starts putting things in perspective for me because occasionally we humans can be pretty self-centered. It's usually in times of suffering people's true colors shine through--for better or worse. Sadly, during suffering it's usually the worse that comes before the better. In his book, Desiring God, John Piper says, "All experiences of suffering in the path of Christian obedience, whether from persecution or sickness or accident, have this in common: They all threaten our faith in the goodness of God and tempt us to leave the path of obedience." This is so true! It is in days of chaos and suffering that we tend to spend less time with the Creator when, in fact, we should be spending more time with Him.
"Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Cor 1:9)." By no means, am I saying that my suffering compares to the persecution of Christians in Paul's day but the same God that raises the dead and created the solar system can handle my chaos. If only we would trust Him more and not ourselves.