“The most amazing fact about Jesus, unlike almost any other religious founder, is that he found God in disorder and imperfection—and told us that we must do the same or we would never be content on this earth”.
― Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
The God of disorder and imperfection.
In the beginning the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. God said let there be light and there was – Genesis1. ‘The Earth went through a period of catastrophic and intense formation during its earliest beginnings’ (ecology.com).
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For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. Psalms 139:13-16.
What do these three images tell us about God, about life. It tells us that out of chaos comes life. Out of death comes life. Out of darkness comes life.
If you are in a place of darkness, or chaos, or in a season of death, loss and grief? Be assured that in this valley, in this season, in this insanity you are not alone. God the creator of all life does his best work in disorder and imperfection.
Hold on dear friend. This too shall pass. God is the ultimate creator. His works of genius and transformation cannot be contained. He takes the darkness, the soil, the grave, the unseen, the unlovely and creates within the very darkness and most hidden places the ultimate miracle of life.
Transforming a grain of seed to bread, a microscopic egg to human life, a void of chaotic gasses and eruption to our beautiful blue earth.
Are you going through catastrophic and intense formation? Is your life messy, chaotic, imperfect? Well then you are in the place where God does his best work. Don’t be discouraged. We who love perfection and order sometimes don’t recognise the God who inhabits disorder and imperfection.