Weekly Challenge & Tools

It is easy to look out into the world and see chaos, fear, hurt, and brokenness.  And what about in our own small world?  Where are the messes in our daily lives?  How do we deal with them?  Do we fight, get angry, lash out?  Do we retreat and hide?  Do we try to please and fix and make everyone happy? When dealing with the chaos in our lives or our world, power is found in first connecting to God and staying connected to Him. Around every mess there is also magnificence, but often we are too caught up in our own thoughts to see it.  This week, be aware of the messes in your day-to-day life, stop, take a deep breath, and ask God to help you see the magnificence in or around them or in you.  Author Marianne Williamson writes of two powerful questions that are helpful to ask in this process.  First, ask God what you are thinking that He is not. Follow with the question, what is He thinking that you are not.  

This week's song (Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) so perfectly illustrates the reality of living in this messy world while connected to God.  There is a part of us that longs for our true home somewhere over the rainbow, but also a part that sees the beauty and magnificence of our God actively at work here.  Consider listening to this song as you process and pray through some of your messes.  Where do you see magnificence?  Where do you long for Him to set things right? Offer it all to Him.

Messes make can make us crazy.  Literally, the entire body starts to tense, heart rate increases, breathing becomes shallow.  It is so easy to get caught up in the circumstances of the turmoil that you miss the magnificence.  The moments when you stop, breathe, and ask God to help you see His splendor can change everything.  This week, consider stopping in the middle of one of your messes and taking a few minutes to do the meditation.  Note how your experience changes as a result.  Just as the verse promises, when we seek Him we will find Him.