“I’m not confused, I’m just well mixed.” Robert Frost
As I go through this “wonderful” stage of my life, there are times when I feel like I’m losing it. One of my greatest fears is that I will do just that at some point. So far my health is pretty good, but there are days when I forget things, do really dumb things and generally feel like I’m getting one step closer to the funny farm.
I believe that confusion can create solutions and that most of our problems can be solved in one way or another. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. I wonder who they are, don’t you? I do believe that statement though. Everything that man has invented was because of a need.
God has blessed us with intricate brains that allow us to work things out. We may never move mountains, but we can re-distribute a pile of dirt. We might not achieve great monetary success in life, but we have many opportunities to succeed. The world will never be at complete peace, but we can do something personally to create peace in someone’s mind or bring the comfort of God’s promises to those whose minds are at unrest.
Confusion will spawn imagination – imagination thrives on creativity. I’m a creative person and I’m also married to one. It usually takes my mind a while to catch up to his entrepreneurial ideas, but I have learned to trust his thinking, even when I don’t get it. He’s almost always ten steps when we’re walking. However, together we can do amazingly cool things.
When we become overwhelmed by confusion, we need to turn that befuddlement over to the One who created the earth, the universe and ahead of me – even all that’s in it. He can make sense out of chaos. He has all the answers. He will set us on the right course.
Right now it may seem that I’m losing it. I might still put the recycling in the trash bin instead of the one reserved for recycling. I might get into the wrong parked car and start talking to a complete stranger. I might accidentally mistake Mr. Clean for mouthwash, but at least I didn’t actually use it.
As time goes by, so do memories. We also have so much information stored in our brains, it sometimes crashes. We need to be rebooted or kicked in the butt at times, but we also need to remember that aging isn’t the end of things. It’s simply bringing us one step closer to eternal life.
When the storm is over, I know that God’s hand was in it. He protected me through it all and someday I’ll realize that all of this had a purpose for the final outcome. God knows what He’s doing!