The fact that we are products of our environment or to put it differently, that our view of reality (and of God consequently) is determined by what we interact with need not be a scary thought. The Scriptures say that the Creator’s brand (DNA) is all over His creation. So the more accurate and honest we are in our observations of nature, the clearer understanding of God we have. I say honest because if we turn a blind eye to aspects of our experience that don’t seem to fit our preconceived notions we only rob ourselves of living well in the ecosystem we find ourselves in. You can’t live at odds with the universe and in harmony with God. Just as you can’t love God but not love people (who are an integral part of your world).
What we see in the universe, the world we live in and our experiences in it is that
order and chaos are so intertwined that they loose their meaning when set apart.
We find a “vertical” overlap of order and chaos, where chaos is part of an encapsulating order and order part of a greater chaos and so on endlessly. But we find a “horizontal”, sequential cycle also where order is born out of chaos and order is being transformed into chaos. The way we say this is that our world is in constant change and in never-ending metamorphosis.
How disconnected can we view God to think of Him in static terms! Check this post for more.
The reason we can’t see God a God of chaos is because of our negative view of chaos. As I said it earlier in these series, our infatuation with control and the false sense of achievement it gives us makes us resistant to chaos. This needs to stop if we are to embrace life in its fullness. Jesus’ invitation is to an abundant life, a fuller life. Our obsession with order will eventually sap all creative energy out of life leading to a dry, dead “life”. The idea that being in control and the ability of predicting the future are the keys to success and happiness gets projected unto God and in turn it is what we expect from Him. Heck, we demand of Him to be that way, if we are to give Him our allegiance! As a result instead of really enjoying life as is and delighting in an intimacy with God, we have designed a controlled environment according to the blueprint of our theology and have manufactured an idol that we feel comfortable worshiping.
We need to see order in chaos and chaos in order. Not forcing one to the detriment of the other but embracing them both as life presents them to us. We shouldn’t be looking for a certain type of God but by accepting that God is in all and everywhere (not contained by nature, but containing it) we connect to God in chaos and suffering just as meaningfully as we connect with Him in order and when “all things go well.” Instead of depressing over suffering and growing distant toward God, we find God in suffering and we embrace it as part of the beauty and wonder that life is.
Living with these false dichotomies only disfigures the life God has blessed us with. Learning, however, to leave in this tension will create thin places where we experience deeper dimension of reality.