Suitcases lie scattered all over the house. In this place or that, there are piles of things, clothes, books, papers and toys. My wife is packing our bags for our move back overseas, and I am trying very hard not to feel guilt while watching her do it. I try to be helpful in other ways such as keeping up with other household chores. Moving is kinetic chaos.
Actually, the world is kinetic chaos, or it seems to be. Whenever we return to the US from overseas, I have this sense that I am running and everyone around me is running. In our society, people live at the same pace as a hamster spinning a wheel in his cage, and it seems that people often equal the hamster in progress. Our society is nervous, and we are running off its nervous energy.
Even in the things of God, many people live in the frenzy of kinetic chaos. Church activities are additions to the chaos. They are things on a check list to done, and afterwards, move on to the next church activity or sports practice or recital or club meeting. We, the body of Christ, run in and out of his presence. We make small talk with our fellow family of God members about the game and the stock market news or hunting and fishing or politics and elections. We enter His presence and hardly give Him a thought. Our presence with His body is just another part of the chaos of life and not a relief from it.
How completely sad and utterly pointless. What is the point of gathering as a body to worship if we are not going to worship? What’s the point of entering His presence if we aren’t even going to acknowledge it?
For the past ten days or so, I have been reading the book of Leviticus, the laws for the priests about serving in the Temple. So many times, they are warned to treat the things of God as holy. They were not to take anything lightly. They served a holy God, who demanded that He was treated as such. How often do we look up from our kinetic chaos to see the One who never changes. Do we even acknowledge His presence when we worship or is the focus on us?
So, let’s slow down, and worship God. As we go to worship in the coming week, let’s recognize who He really is, and worship with hearts and minds fully engaged with God and not distracted by the kinetic chaos. Rather, let’s give Him our chaos and see Him make sense of it.