Stepping out of the chaos means I take note of my breath. Listening as I breathe in and out, knowing that the presence of breath is evidence of God’s spirit in me.

Another way I step out of the chaos of life is by reminding myself that Jesus holds all creation together. At times it feels like life spins out of control, but in reality it is carefully regulated by the hand of God. Check out this evidence:

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth…Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:15-17

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command

Hebrews 1:3

When I consider the uncertainty of life, I wonder how to find the balance I need to prevent succombing to the chaos. A dancer maintains balance by finding a focus point. By directing the eyes toward a spot on the wall or a light at the back of the theater, a dancer can keep her balance longer. But her eyes cannot be on the floor, they have to be lifted upward and maintain an outward focus.

That reminds me of Peter when he walked on the water toward Jesus. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he maintained balance in spite of the storm. As soon as he looked down, he sunk. (see Matthew 14:22-31)

If you are finding your life to be out of balance, a bit chaotic and overwhelming, try the following. Pause and listen for your breath. Let it be noisy as you take it in and out. God is still with you. Then fix your eyes outward and upward, toward Jesus, the one who is holding all of creation together. And rest in him.

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