Order from Chaos

06 Jan

Rofl… Confession: I’ve been accused in my life, of “Spiritual Hyperactivity Disorder”, and I don’t deny it at all. But I have to love a God who can not only “keep up with it”, but is always ahead of me! Another commentator’s blog post, “Getting Started” by Don Merritt, used a marvelous illustration of the coming year as a “blank canvas”, upon which God allows us to paint our coming year. Looking at this post again, and the comments made about his “canvas” illustration, I was flashed back to a memory from my extremely young childhood…

Before I could write or draw or even color, I used to love playing a game with my father.

I would get a pencil or pen and a clean sheet of paper… and I would scribble. Just those large loops, and little squiggles that small children make when faced with a clean surface and a writing implement. I would then run my masterpiece to my father, crying… “Look what I drew, Daddy!”

He would take the work, examine it carefully, and “edit” it… filling in some of the “mosaic tiles” that result from random scribbles, shading others, reinforcing some lines… and he would make an actual “Picture” out of it… A dog, a house, a plane, a tree, a fish, or an entire scene. It was like magic. (He was a scary-smart guy, and it had to do with how his brain worked that he could ALWAYS see patterns in what appeared utterly random!)

But to my little ham-fisted self of the time, I could just go “Wow!” as I watched him bring forth order from my personal chaos.

When he was done, he’d always just hand the picture back to me, saying, “You drew that. You just didn’t see it yet. You’ll learn, though. All you have to do is see it. And until you do, I can help. Well done, Little Monk.”

I think God’s still doing that with me… maybe with all of us?

Blessings and grace to thee, Gentle Reader!


Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Quiet Time, Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Order from Chaos

  1. paulfg

    January 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Belly Laughs and Gentle Words (SHD will keep me chuckling awhile yet!). I think you have your father’s genes in there as well.


    • Little Monk

      January 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Thank you, Paul. I assure you, it has proved more a “trial” for many who have guided and taught me, than you will ever know. Lol, one of my greatest mentors once said my biggest life challenge would be to learn to “herd my cats”. Well, as of right now… “I ain’t well… but I sure am better!” Bless!


      • paulfg

        January 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Your cats seems to jump leaving little footprints of god and inspiration everywhere. Don’t get too well – the mess is unique and delightful!


        • Little Monk

          January 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

          Wow, Paul. I know you won’t believe this, but that comment really ministered to me… gives me great comfort. I spend much time trying to “teach my cats to pounce in formation”, and they seldom cooperate. Your comment is very freeing and comforting to me. Thanks again.


          • paulfg

            January 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

            And thank you! I say go with what God gives you! He knows best and never wastes anything. 🙂



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