Amongst the Chaos
By: Katie Atcheson
As a busy mom of three, I often find myself at the end of each day feeling exhausted. A good exhausted, yes, but tired nonetheless. Only to get up the next day to do it all over again. I wouldn’t trade these circumstances for anything – I love my children and my family and my job and the busyness that it brings. But I certainly sometimes find myself longing for few quiet and peaceful moments amongst the chaos that is this life so that my God can truly move within me.
Not terribly long ago, I was reading in Acts, Chapter 3. In that passage, Peter heals a crippled beggar who is sitting outside of the temple. The beggar asks for money, and Peter tells him that he doesn’t have any money to give to him but that he has something even greater. Peter commands him to get up and walk – and the man, who was once lame, does! Everyone is amazed at what Peter did!
Peter explains, however, that they should not look at him as though he did that great work. He goes on to explain that it was God doing the work through Him.
“Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (Acts 3:12)
I do know that Peter was most certainly a busy man. He had been a disciple of Jesus and went through many challenges during that time, including Christ’s death and resurrection. He had begun preaching and teaching about Jesus.
What if Peter had waited for things to die down, to be quiet and still before he expected God to move? Perhaps Peter would have never encountered God quite like he did! Peter allowed God to use him amongst the chaos. He didn’t put God on hold until things were easier. He had faith – he knew God could and would work through him, and jumped on the opportunity to allow God to work in him.
Peter was busy. God still moved!
At this stage in my life, I don’t always get adequate sleep. I work a full time job that I love and come home each day to a family whom I adore – but between deadlines and extra-curricular activities and spilled milk and laundry galore – we stay busy! I tend to go-go-go non-stop. I must take time to be still with God. Those quiet moments, while they may be few and far between right now, are vital to my relationship with Christ. I also want to move into 2017 knowing God can and will move even if my moments are not quiet. Even if I’m exhausted. Even if my to-do list is a mile long. He is mightier than that, and He can move – in big ways – regardless of our circumstances. If we let Him.
I pray that you allow Him to move in you so that this year, others may see Him in a new way. Don’t wait for everything to settle – to be just right before you allow Him to move in you. He is big, and He is good, and He is certainly powerful enough to move amongst our chaos!
Katie Atcheson is the Minister to Children and Families at Grayson United Methodist Church. You can reach Katie at katie@graysonumc.org.