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Holding Ground in the Midst of Chaos

When the universe presents us with an abundance of opportunities and we are tempted to be overwhelmed by the frenetic energy and chaos of creation….how do we stay present and hold our ground?

Abundant Opportunities

It is only Wednesday and it has already been a crazy, insane week.  It all began with 3 am wake-ups both Monday and Tuesday mornings filled with an anxiety-filled, chaotic energy soon to be followed by what felt like a cyclone of energy originating at my heart and spiraling out from me out into who knows where.   I asked around and it seemed that many of the people I know who are sensitive to this kind of thing were having similar experiences.  It has made me question if there is something going on in the universe…or about to happen as this chaotic energy doesn’t seem to quit.  Then throw in the personal things:  The decision to focus more on my call to be writer, the official release of my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, the coordination of sales and distribution of my book, an abundance of early sales, then yesterday several new opportunities:

  • I have been given the invitation to expand the audience for my book to the UK and towards that end, freely given an abundance of contacts, connections, etc.  (THANKS JAY!!!!!)
  • I accepted the offer to rent a house and will be moving in the VERY near future
  • I met with my business partner to do some editing on my also soon to be released, Christouch book.
  • Oh yea….and I’m planning a book – release party for the end of June.


Combine these opportunities with the chaotic energy of the universe and I am left feeling breathless and overwhelmed.  As a compulsive planner and High J on the Myer’s Briggs, I do not do overwhelm very well.  If there are too many details and they are not organized in a linear, workable fashion, I tend to shut down.  My brain just stops and I find I cannot focus, think or plan.  So much for getting things done!!!!

Help from “Above”

So this is where I found myself this morning….overwhelmed with the details, filled with restless anxiety, trying to pull together all the details of launching and publicizing a book, editing another book and getting ready to move a household AND an office.  YIKES!   Then I went to this morning’s scriptures and here is what they said:

Be my rock of refuge,

a stronghold to give me safety.

You are my rock and my fortress;

For your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

Psalm 31

Into your hands, Lord

So, once again I am reminded of who is really in charge here.  I am reminded that I am not alone in this process and that really all I need to do is turn all of this over to God.  This morning’s scripture provided a humbling reminder that when I feel overwhelmed, chaotic, afraid, I have forgotten about God, I have indulged my own version of the compulsion of pride.  Pride is the compulsion that shows up when we think we can do it alone or think we have to.  Instead, I am being reminded to give it to God and allow God to do the work.  God will provide the resources and support I need to accomplish all of these tasks.  God will lead me in the direction that is in my highest good.  God will reveal opportunities where I am invited to share in this creation.  AHHHHHHHH…….

How can you recognize “overwhelm” as a signal that you have forgotten to allow God to do the work?

Where are you being invited to surrender something to God?

Where are you being invited to remember God as a source of support, refuge, guidance, etc. ?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries