I have a special friend in my life who periodically reminds me that s my life full of chaos. She suggests that that I actually go seeking for it. Our conversation has evolved to a state where we understand that each is stating facts as they see them. What to her is chaos is to me norm.
There are several underlying questions within our conversation. One is that life is; the only question is what you or I am going to do with it. Another is that much of the stress and challenges in our life is self inflicted; can we muster the courage to face the results of our actions, decisions, and priorities and deal with them? And the third combines the two. Given that much of what is present now; are we willing to deal with the choices tomorrow using our knowledge of yesterday and combining it with hope?
If you were to take the questions and explore your own life the answers may begin to emerge. To help focus your thoughts let me add a few more details. Live in a city that is usually warm to hot and has no rivers passing through its territory that have not been significantly shrunk to meet the needs of others (translated is that it is often hot and dirty). Add to this a massive population that is, on the norm, well education, hard working, and socially conservative. Throw a thirst for working and being successful and take away most of the opportunities except for the ones you create yourself. Finally, put several hundred years into the mix.
May I gently suggest the following? Chaos is the norm, stress a ready part of the mix and only a few survive. My special friend hears this story and answers simply – “you are thinking of India…I am thinking of anywhere you are.”
“If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.” (Proverbs 24.10)
Chennai is chaos – so is much of life. Want to survive, even thrive? See what God offers.