From Chaos to Peace

Peace like a river

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Peace can seem like a fleeting thought as we manage diabetes every day. Unknown and unpredictable things happen with this disease. It’s just its nature. And sometimes it leaves us feeling out of control and unsure of what to do to recapture peace.

Bible Reading Plan: From Chaos to Peace

It can seem like a domino effect, can’t it? One thing leads to another and before you know it, total chaos ensues.

I’ve blogged about the chaos of life with diabetes before:

ZERO CHAOS ISN’T POSSIBLE

I don’t believe we can just get rid of the chaos of life (or diabetes) entirely. We can’t completely avoid the unpredictable. I wouldn’t suggest you can somehow wave a magic wand and live a chaos-free life. And I would never tell you that loving God and following Jesus will lead you to a life of zero troubles. (That wouldn’t be biblical of me – see John 16:33 and James 1:2-4.)

It’s like I wrote in my book:

Like a roller coaster, diabetes can be unpredictable. It brings a unique set of twists and turns and ups and downs (highs and lows, literally). Just when you think you’re coasting along with great blood sugar numbers, something changes and you’re suddenly having repeat lows. Then when you get that figured out, you either get sick and have insulin resistance or your doctor prescribes the “s word”…steroids. Hello, highs!

Even when we can point to what caused the change, we don’t always understand why it caused it. There are too many variables that can affect blood sugar. It can sure be hard to pin down, and it can feel like you’re out of control.

– Day 20, Devotions on Diabetes: A 30-Day Journey to Anchor Your Soul

So what can we do?

One of the beauties of life is that we have choices. We can’t always choose what happens to us or around us; it’s true. But we can choose how we respond. In fact, often times our response is more important than what happens to us.

What is your typical response when something unpredictable happens? How do you typically react when the chaos begins?

What if our initial thought was to turn to God? How would that change things? How would that calm the situation in front of you? What would centering your thoughts on God do for you in that moment? How would that provide peace in the midst of chaos?

WHAT IS PEACE?

Peace doesn’t mean the absence of chaos, or living an easy life, or heavenly birds tweeting as we stroll gleefully about our day. But peace can come to us right in the middle of the mess. Because Jesus is with us always, and He is the Prince of Peace.

the Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

What does God’s Word say about peace?

Over the next two weeks in this Bible reading plan, you will uncover quite a bit about peace in the Bible. The book of Romans covers it in multiple places, as do the letters of Paul. Then you’ll get to read through some Psalms and Proverbs, and also the book of Isaiah.

But most importantly, you will be in the Bible each day, reading encouraging reminders of the peace of God, and retraining your mind to consider life in light of scripture. And that alone can bring peace.

Let’s Start with A BLESSING AS YOU BEGIN

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26
Bible Reading Plan from Chaos to Peace

And now onto the reading for Day 1! May God meet you where you are and encourage you today.

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