One of my favorite teachers in grammar school, Mary Hyek, taught our fourth grade class, “Life is order, life is chaos.” She did so in a theatrical way, but realistically applied it to lessons in history, mathematics, and science. It has stuck with me over the years and has proven itself over and over. If you doubt it, just look at the current events in politics.
Every soldier knows that the battle plan is not the battle. Volumes have been written about the fog of war.
Every athlete knows not every play is successful, no matter how much they are paid or how many hours they practice.
Every cop knows that no matter how hard they train and prepare, no matter how well they are equipped, it doesn’t always go down on the street the way it’s expected.
Every doctor knows no matter how well educated they are and how advanced the technology is, the patient doesn’t always respond the way they predict.
In all cases, the results can be heartbreaking.
“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’”
Jesus knew the truth of it when he faced death on a cross. That’s why he did it…he made order out of the chaos of life. It was the ultimate in courage and bravery. He didn’t face death without fear. He even sweated droplets of blood. But he did it with faith that his Father would make sense of the carnage.
That is our challenge…to accept that our ways are not God’s ways, and to learn to accept the pain and suffering in life knowing that somehow order will be achieved. It’s okay to mourn our losses, cry for those who leave us, and crumble under the tragedies of senseless heartache. Jesus cried for his friends, but he continually taught that the Father was an artisan with a plan of salvation.
Art is Order, Life is Chaos…