I’ve worked eight of the last nine days. During that time, chaos has taken on a new meaning. Local law enforcement visited my library two days last week concerning two separate incidents. Then I hit a deer and considerably damaged my liability only vehicle. That night letters came from Toyota recalling a piece on our other vehicle; we’ll have to get it fixed over an hour away from home. After a full day of work, we went to a niece’s birthday party and did a little Christmas shopping. Additionally, we attended Sunday school and two Sunday worship services, taught youth group, hosted family movie night, participated in adult Bible study, and helped with the monthly women’s group.
Nine days into the month, and I am exhausted. I’m scouring my calendar searching for even a tiny window of down time. Not going to happen this week. Instead of finding rest, I’m wondering how I’ll get everything done that I’m supposed to do. How will I fit in my end of the year workload? Will I be able to attend all of the scheduled Christmas parties? When will I find the time to cook for those parties? To shop for gifts? To wrap the gifts?
I realize I’m not the only one in this struggle. There are others barely keeping their head above water. Seeing the endless to do lists, and knowing there is not time to complete everything. For those of us in this predicament, here are five comforting Scriptures that God has given us when we are living in chaos.
“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.” Psalm 54:4
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear , though the earth be removed , and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled , though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.” Psalm 39:7
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
As the pressures of this life threaten to overwhelm us, we can claim these promises. We can find comfort in His Word, and we can surrender the weight to God, knowing that He provides our hope!