CHAOS. This is the word that best describes the last couple of weeks on both the world scene and in my own personal life. Car trouble, sewer line problems that resulted in water in our basement, challenges at work, earthquake and tsunami, concerns about family living near Crescent City, CA in the path of the tsunami and the hospitalization of a family member—these are just a few of the challenges that have tried my patience and strength recently.
The day of the earthquake in Japan I was driving to work, listening to my favorite Christian radio station. Already I was feeling exhausted by my concerns and worries when the DJ said, “Whatever the tsunamis you're dealing with in your life right now, remember that God is in control.”
“Really?” I asked out loud. “Is that true, God? You’re in control? What about free will? What about random bad luck or chaos? I know Christians say you’re in control all the time, but what does that really mean?! Do I even believe it?”
Later that day