Grace Revue: Creative Turbulence

"Creative Chaos," © Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.

“Creative Chaos,” © Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.

“And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new,’” ~ Revelation 21:5a

© 2016 Lynn Abbott

Quite frankly, when I confront change, I feel as though I’ve jumped from a plane with only a parachute to slow my high-speed hurdle.

Change is like that.  And that’s probably why most people dislike it.

If you have ever moved, you know what I’m talking about.   Boxes everywhere signal a major life transition.

Even if the move is a happy one, the interim pandemonium drives me crazy.

Nevertheless, the excitement of something new generally keeps my perspective positive.  After all, the disarray will ultimately lead to the desired outcome.

It’s a shame I don’t remember this general rule when I face life’s tsunamis.

But when turbulence blows in, I typically bury my head in warm safe sand.

And that’s probably the reason that the Holy Spirit recently gave me a gentle nudge.

In my “Read-the-Bible-Through-From-Cover-to-Cover” effort, I made considerable progress.   My best friend marveled that I had even tackled the book of Revelation.

She knows me well. Given my ostrich tendencies, that was indeed a major feat.

I hung on for dear life as I read through John’s apocalyptic vision.   In light of the described turmoil, I prepared to run for my “hobbit hole.”

But Abba responded in terms I could fully understand.

As John’s book of upheaval comes to a close, our Sovereign Shepherd makes this promise: “Behold, I am making all things new,”(Revelation 21:5).

Well, that’s some comfort, I thought.  And I closed the book.

But the Holy Spirit wasn’t finished with me.

As I returned to my reading plan on the following day, I began again with the book of Genesis.

As you will surely recall, there, in Genesis 1:1-2, Moses writes, “In the beginning God created the heavens and he earth.  And the earth was formless and void…”

And I caught my breath.   At the heart of who Abba is, creativity dwells.

My heavenly Father is not only the Creator, but He is the Creator both in the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega.

His creativity is ongoing.  Eternal.

So, it shouldn’t surprise me that at times there appears to be tremendous upheaval in my life.  Or even in our world.

In fact, such turbulence often signals that our Creator is in the house, so to speak, and that His grace is at work.