I have already sent out to many friends a recommendation that they go to www.theclydefitchreport and you read the interview of the playwright of a new play called Normalcy. The article has stuck with me especially his answer to Question 4. I look forward some day to reading the play and watching a performance. I hope you all will peruse the article.
As I said the article stuck with me, and I thought about the concept of “normalcy” and what does it mean. I would suggest in many of our lives normalcy means chaos not stability and regularity. Our lives seem to be waiting for the oncoming train coming round the corner than doing the same thing day after day. It’s a letter from the IRS saying you owe more money, a call from child who has “a problem,” a call from the doctor’s office saying “you need to come in,” or something as simple as running out of gas on a freeway. We go from crisis to crisis, not simply from one day to the next.
Scientists suggest the world was once chaos and then God triggered order and everything fell into place. Scientists have never put the microscope to my life or most of my friends, or they’d say chaos has returned. Even when there is a calm before the storm anxiety steps in or on occasion a sadness of the heart others might call mild depression.
It is in our personal chaos that God steps in as well and triggers order. God and his love for us provides the one constancy in our chaotic world. If we allow him to do so God brings normalcy into our personal chaos. By always being there for us, always comforting us, providing for us, and loving us — God brings solidity to our fragility. If we bring our lives into harmony with God through worship, prayer, and service to others, our chaos becomes ordered, manageable, and normal.