Below is the blog for the Truth of the Spirit podcast TOS003 “Letting Go of Internal Chaos”, #3 of the 3-part series “Working Through The World’s Chaos to Find Supernatural Peace”.
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Internal chaos blocks our ability to recognize what the Lord has already done. Sitting down and making a list of the joys God has given us can give us a chance to reflect on something positive. According to your frame of mind, at first it may be hard to find anything positive. Chaos causes us to focus on the negatives. There was a silly song by Buck Owens and Roy Clark sung regularly on the show “Hee Haw” (1969 -1992) that comes to my mind sometimes when I am around negative people. “Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” Silly isn’t it! I find that a little humor can break the cycle of negativity instead of agreeing with it and continuing it.
Luke 11: 34-36 has a scripture that can help us: “The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is sound, then your whole body is filled with light, but when it is bad, then your body is in darkness.” NAB He is letting us know that how you see things affects your attitude. Instead of the word ‘eye’, try using the word ‘attitude’ in this scripture from Luke. “The lamp of the body is your attitude. When your attitude is sound, then your whole body is filled with light, but when attitude is bad, then your body is in darkness. Take care, then, that the light in you not become darkness.” Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in gloom and despair. But listing those joys can bring us up out of the pit. When you see what the Lord has done for you –know that He does not change.
In the Old Testament He revealed his name to us: I Am that I Am. The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 207 tells us that God, who reveals his name as “I AM”, reveals himself as the God who is always there, present to his people in order to save them. #211: “The divine name, “I Am” or “He Is”, expresses God’s faithfulness: despite the faithlessness of men’s sin and the punishment it deserves, God keeps “steadfast love””
Whenever you call His name, whenever you reach out to Him the great I Am is with you—with all the fullness of the realm of heaven by His side. And all that he gives you is truly given. You forget you are his dearest child when you feel alone and isolated. You are never truly alone. The angels and saints root for you. Maybe you have not heard the ‘pep squad’ but they urge you onward to finish the race.
In the bible Hebrews Chapter 12 tells us: “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us 2 while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” NAB
Let’s get back to discussing today. ‘Today’ is the eternal moment. ‘God is’ today. Fear not tomorrow, regret not yesterday; this is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it.
‘Today’ is full of many important pulls of focus. Each second of each moment reveals a need.
But you need to know that daily your spirit cries out for nourishment just as the rest of the body seeks its own needs to be met. The needs of the people around us also want us to nourish them—to share what we have been given, freely, and to provide according to our occupation and vocation. Yet—does the tail wag the dog or does a dog wag his tail? When you take a day apart by seconds and minutes—to whom does the time belong to? Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad of it.” NAB
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