Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” We see enough news here at CSC Scania to know the statesmen in Washington, D.C. fear they have become “slaves to unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” Not only do statesmen fear this, but also the news media, and when we consider the polls related to the popularity of President George Bush it becomes obvious that the American people also fear these “unforeseeable and uncontrollable events”.
History will judge whether the war on Iraq was wisdom and folly, and I will not comment on the topic. Frankly, I don’t think there is a person alive who knows the answer. So, history will tell us, and I hope I live long enough to learn the answer. So, the chaplain had better stick to things he knows about. Here it is. God works miracles with chaos. Really, he shines in the midst of darkness. When the world is stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its political and social toe, God is there moving the furniture out of our way. When we are cussing the darkness, God is lighting a candle for us.
Chaos in the Bible is a constant theme. From the very first chapter, until the end, the theme of chaos being conquered by God is everywhere. In the beginning there was chaos and God turned it into a universe. Cain in a chaotic fit of rage kills his brother Abel. Moses is tossed into the Nile. David commits adultery with Bathsheba. Solomon is seduced by other gods. The people turn away from God. Chaos is everywhere.
But, so is God. Wherever chaos strikes God strikes back harder. The blind man’s chaos turns to sight. The lame walk! The dead breathe, again! Sinners are forgiven. Non-believers are invited in to the fold. Foolishness turns to wisdom! Weakness turns to strength. I tell you, this God makes chaos turn to order; this God is a God of the mess.
Whether you are reading this from the United States or from somewhere here in Iraq, I can bet good money you are encountering a few tides and hurricanes of chaos. The very nature of being at war or having someone you care about be at war makes life messy. In the midst of these tides and hurricanes of chaos do what others have done before you, turn to God. God has been turning the chaos into calm since the very beginning. And he can do it for you.
He can make you see the joy of life again. He can help you to breathe in happiness and make you feel renewed. He can make your darkness, light and the dark nights of the soul as bright as day light. He can and he will. Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you.