I skipped my prayer time a couple of days last week. I had a really good reason – I didn’t have any place to do it. My usual spot where my prayer bench and Bibles and devotionals and journal reside was inaccessible. The small but cozy grandkids’ room with all its fun characters and sweet memories and inviting décor was stuffed to bulging with furniture from the master bedroom and the contents of its closets. As were our office upstairs and the guest room, in which we were camping out while interior repairs were made to our home to prevent more leaks and varmint entry. I know the end result will be wonderful but the work involved to prepare for the repairs, paint, final clean up and living in chaos really makes me crazy.
The patience required to live ‘under construction’ is not the problem. I understand that remodel and repair takes time especially if it is done well. But I’m hardwired for Order. Chaos is not my thing. I like a place for everything and everything in its place. Put things back where you found them. Baskets and shelves and closets are there for a reason.
But this morning I really needed some time with the Lord. I wanted my set apart time; time dedicated to speak and listen to Him without interruption. So I turn sideways, moved into the grandkids’ room, cleared a small spot on the floor and picked up my journal and favorite pen. I prayer- wrote my heart to God, then read some Scripture followed by some encouraging words from a daily devotional – words that were published months ago but available today at my fingertips. And suddenly I realized anew the truth that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, regardless of whether my life is orderly and pleasant and peaceful or chaotic and jumbled and disturbing to my spirit. My life may be filled with change, but He never changes.
The order and orchestrated function of earth is one reason I love the intelligent design of our universe. Same with our bodies and minds. Placed within most of us is a desire to create something, to appreciate music and to experience love. And we all want peace – at least I think most of us do. How amazing to realize that the Prince of Peace is always waiting to share His limitless supply when we take time to seek it. Even in the middle of a crowded, chaotic, disorderly room.