I’m a member of a local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter in San Antonio and one of the other members offered to facilitate a discussion on the book Chaos Can’t by Allen Arnold.
The book provides an easy ready, quite intentional by the author, in the way he breaks it up into short sections. Lots of white space in the physical book (I read mine on Kindle). But don’t let that mislead you. There’s plenty of practical depth to what Arnold gives us.
He begins by discussing what chaos is, then moves into the chaos we see in the world around us and in scripture. He reminds us that our enemy is not only the father of lies, he’s the bringer of chaos. But our Heavenly Father overcomes the chaos. In fact, our God created out of chaos.
Arnold then provides applications for guarding our hearts against chaos and for expanding our influence through our own creativity, by creating with our Heavenly Father. To become unshaken overcomes of chaos.
Arnold’s ultimate goal is to demonstrate how chaos can cripple creativity, but how creativity with our Heavenly Father, the Creator, can overcome the chaos around us.
I’ve always struggled with my writing time. It takes me a little while to get into my “creative space” and I write slow. Both demand a large chunk of time; I’m not one that can write a little in small chunks of time. I also struggle with writing when there’s a lot going on in my life. I let the chaos move from the external into my internal. I want to change that. I want to pursue my creativity in the midst of chaos rather than always wait for it to subside. My biggest takeaway is a prayer I am now praying: Jesus, guard my heart and keep chaos out and your peace within.
But don’t take my word for it. Pick up Chaos Can’t and free your creativity from chaos. After all, your Heavenly Father has placed creativity within you for his good purposes.