The Best Thing to Do When Things Get Chaotic


What do you do when the world is in chaos?

News of terrorist attacks, violence and political bad-mouthing fill the air waves 24/7.  Add our own personal chaos:  job loss, kid issues, relationship drama and health crises, it’s enough to make a sane person crazy.

Gosh, I remember the days when getting the kids coordinating Easter outfits and goodies for their Easter basket seemed like a major event!

So how do you handle the turmoil—both the big and the small? Chaos in the world and chaos in your world? Today I opened my Bible to the following words. They speak so profoundly to our current circumstances that I just had to share:

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear
, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” 
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Be still, God whispers.  I am here. And I am God.

Could anything be more comforting?

It’s the same message Jesus proclaimed.  Be still.  I am here. And I am God.

This is the truth that turned the chaos of the cross into a celebration of salvation.  It’s the same truth that can transform our turmoil in our world, and your turmoil in your world. What a great reminder during Passion Week!

I don’t know what’s causing you to feel anxious today.  Or afraid.  Or insecure.  But God does.

He sees. He Knows. He’s an ever present help in trouble.

So settle into His arms.  Stop running, stop fretting, stop spinning things over and over in your mind. Being still isn’t just physical; it’s mental.  Stillness is something that happens to you internally when you know who’s in control externally.

Be. Still.

And know.

He’s not only the God, He’s your God.





  1. Pam Apffel

    Wow … beautiful, simple wisdom. Absolutely what I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing Truth from God’s word, along with a healthy does of encouragement. I am seeking to BE STILL and to remember and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD. Thank you for this blessing, Donna! Love you.

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