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Peace & Chaos


It’s been a little chaotic lately my friends.  I’ve had some stress that has chiseled at my ability to find all the <appropriate> humor.  I’ve felt very tiny, very unsettled and overwhelmed by the stress.  Nothing highly devastating, just the typical stress that comes with having an elderly and eccentric Asian mother who demands “re-SPECK,” a slew of children with everyday children needs, a full-time job in sales, a husband with his own company, tax season, chickens in the garage–you know, nothing at all out of the ordinary.

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Just moments ago, my sister-in-law group texted this picture of a hummingbird at their feeder in the country.  She said, “They’re peaceful.”

At the very moment this morning when I was near tears, I read her text and all the science on hummingbirds that I ever learned started to flash through my mind–they are the SMALLEST of all birds, they can fly at speeds above 30mph, they can fly backwards.  Indeed it occurred to me that each time I see one, I’m amazed at the ‘chaos’ I see.  They’re all over the place…zipping around, flying left to right, up and down, BACKWARDS.  And yet they have peace.  And perhaps more importantly, they are PEACEFUL to watch.

Oh how I want to be that way….peaceful in the midst of my chaos, and peaceful to watch.

And I remembered that God must’ve had that tiny bird fly to that tiny feeder in this tiny town at just the right tiny moment that my (also tiny) sister-in-law could snap a picture and send it to me as a tiny reminder that I too am tiny, and He cares for me.

And from there I was reminded of these scriptures:

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” –My dad’s favorite verse.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

And I don’t feel so tiny anymore.