Today's reading

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. –1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV

November 16, 2023

A Fractal Life

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. –1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV

Order is necessary. Without order we wouldn’t be able to read these words, for they’d just be gibberish. A beautiful symphony would just be random notes, military troops would have no strategy, and football teams would have no plays. Order makes things work.

We crave order. But often, our lives can only be described as fractal, organized chaos. At such times, we may not realize that there are things we can’t see going on behind these infinitely complex scenes. Events that appear totally unrelated may actually be intertwined to accomplish God’s purpose. 

There are benefits, at times, to chaos as it teaches us to wait, trust, and grow. As Christians, we are assured that God is watching over us and that He can use not only our triumphs but our mistakes and failures for our benefit. “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). Our Heavenly Father will, in time, restore order to our lives.

prayer focuses

Thank the Lord that even in times of chaos, He will make your pathways straight.

Pray that the Lord will show you His hand even in the midst of troubles.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.