Chaos is Part of the Process

Wouldn’t it be nice if change was easy, clean and fast? So many times in life, though, real change requires time, patience and some chaos in the middle.

Recently, my family and I decided to remodel our guest bathroom. Since it’s so small it should be quick, simple and easy. Right? Wishful thinking. The reality is that, even if we don’t run into any unforeseen complications, it will take a while. We will need to live with the mess and inconvenience until it is all done. Even though we know that it will be worth it in the end, we still need to endure the chaos in the middle.

I think that this applies to all areas of life change. We begin by envisioning the end state and that’s exciting. Then we start to gather supplies and that’s even more exciting. But then the hard work begins. In the case of our bathroom, we first had to remove the old vanity. Ideally, that would have been a 15 minute process. It seems, though, that the builders wanted to ensure that this vanity would remain standing even in the worst disaster possible. It was glued, screwed and bolted to each wall and even the floor. Thankfully, my husband is a brute and finally was victorious over the vanity. But now we have to fix the wall where removing the glue also removed drywall. Even though we fixed one problem – we removed the old vanity, we have created another one.

That’s true with life also. As we start to fix one area of life we often uncover deeper issues that we need to resolve. For example, if you are trying to loose weight there is more to it than just getting through the diet. Once you lose the weight, you need to create a new eating plan, probably drastically different than you had prior to the diet. If you don’t, you will probably end up quickly gaining all the weight back again. Often, getting rid of the old reveals more problems that we need to fix. But, that’s just part of the process. If we want to experience real change, we need to become comfortable with chaos and be willing to fix the problem areas as they show up.

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  • Psalm 23

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters.
    3 He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    God has a plan for our protection in the midst of turmoil and confusion. When the mess becomes more then we can handle, give it to the Lord and He will guide our way.

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