Roger Keck

Roger Keck is pastor of Palo Pinto Cowboy Church in Santo.

Have you ever noticed that nothing really gets accomplished without first creating a little chaos? You can’t clean out your barn or your garage without first creating some additional chaos.

My wife and I recently went on a little vacation and came across a great Mexican food place that was oddly called “Chaos.” That was the name of the restaurant. Inside the building there was a plaque that told how this place got its name. Here is what it said:

“No remodeling project or even good cleaning is accomplished without some disarray. Things must be moved to make way for change. No noticeable or desirable difference can be made without some Chaos. Remodeling requires some tearing down in order to build up differently and better. Remodeling is uncomfortable, irritating and dirty. But the end product is worth the Chaos and it eventually restores Joy. If it is true that remodeling and cleaning requires disarray, and if we want change and purity in our lives, and if we have asked Jesus to bring us growth, why are we surprised and dismayed when the process begins with Chaos.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

I believe this scripture could read, “come unto me all you who are burdened with the chaos of your life.” Life sure can have a great deal of chaos in it. If your anything like me, it’s seems you get one thing in your life straightened out and something else happens.

I believe God knows this life is chaotic at times. I also believe this is why this scripture is so important to mark and remember. God is remodeling you and I. Breaking down the old and putting up the new.

To obtain the desirable difference in us, there is going to be some chaos in the process. The end product is worth it! A little uncomfortable, dirty, irritating mess can give way to Joy and peace, especially if we remember to place this burden at the feet of the one who provides rest.

Roger Keck is pastor of Palo Pinto County Cowboy Church.

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