Chaos and Order



Background reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5 & 6:1-5
Daily reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Monday October 26, 2015

Focus passage: When God began to create the heavens and the earth – the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

Friday and Saturday are cleaning days in my house.  By the end of a busy week, my house is in a state of chaos.

My kids will look for uniform clothes at the end of the week, only to find that the only pieces to be found have been worn (where are the clean ones?!?)

Order is restored on the cleaning days, knowing full well that we will lapse into chaos by the end of the week.

This cycle of going from order to chaos and back to order, is a theme that runs throughout the biblical narrative.  It begins in Genesis. 
It was over the watery chaos that God’s Spirit swept and things began to fall into order.  God separated and created and proclaimed the work to be good.  Day from night was proclaimed good.  Earth and sea was proclaimed good.  Animals in the sky, on the ground, in the sea and humankind were created and were proclaimed good.  Work from rest and it was proclaimed good.

I find that cleaning is a spiritual practice.  It helps me to create order out of the chaos of my day.  

Conversely I find that creating mess while in the creative process also is a spiritual practice.  (Splashing in puddles with my kids on a rainy day, which doesn’t happen often in the desert southwest).  Making a large dinner and using all of the kitchen space to cut and create is a spiritual practice, hoping my husband will help me clean!

Do you find God in the chaos/order of your day?

Take time to be mindful of what you doing throughout your day and think of how God is present in the moment.

Prayer: God who brings order to chaos, who names and claims us as Your own, guide us this day, help us to experience your presence throughout our day.  Amen.

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