Peace or chaos

Peace or chaos

For the past few days, many of the youth and young adults from New Life have been serving our city. They have partnered to serve the homeless, played sports with refugees, shared their faith with various people, hosted a carnival for kids, and have had plenty of time for growth and community building together.

They are staying at New Life which means it looks a bit different. There are air mattresses, clothes, and stuff scattered into organized chaos.

Even though things here on the home front are scattered, it is quite peaceful compared to some of the places they were serving.

Yesterday, the crew helped host a sports camp at a soccer field and in a gymnasium. The field was hot, the gym was LOUD.

Imagine a hundred or so kids running, jumping, screaming, shouting, yelling, laughing, and playing in an enclosed area surrounded by hard surfaces. The sound bounced everywhere!

As a dad of five kids, I’ve learned how to tune out sound….HOWEVER, there was no tuning out the sound in the gym yesterday.

While the decibel level seemed to rival Arrowhead or a Jet engine AND kids were literally everywhere…there was one kid sound asleep on the gym floor.

I couldn’t hear myself think and this kid was sawing logs.

How in the world?

I don’t think I’ll ever know the secret to sleeping during chaos, however, there is hope for peace within our chaotic world.

Psalm 37 offers a challenge for you and me to be still before the Lord.

But how?

How can we experience peace while evil people seem to be succeeding or while injustices seem be common or while our lives are genuinely difficult?

This Sunday, Pastor Jeff Shrout will be preaching a sermon from Psalm 37:7-10 about how to take rest and be still before the Lord.

Even if your life feels like a loud gym, there is hope for rest and quietness in your soul. I sure hope to see you on Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or you can watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.