November 9: Chaos Never Dies Day

Moscow Metro in 2008, image credit Christophe Meneboeuf

Moscow Metro, 2008; image credit Christophe Meneboeuf

I said it last year, and I’ll say it again: chaos never dies. It might slack off a bit or come on full force, but it will never, ever die (at least in this life!).

November 9 may have been chosen for this holiday due to the Northeast Blackout of 1965, where over 30 million people were without power for several hours. This seems like it shouldn’t be a big deal to me, but if you can imagine being stranded in the dark in New York City, a place where, usually, the lights and noise never stop and where you probably depend on public transportation to get anywhere.

I've never seen anything like the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris - and this picture shows it relatively calm and peaceful, a far cry from rush hour!

I’ve never seen anything like the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris – and this picture shows it relatively calm and peaceful, a far cry from rush hour!

You can celebrate Chaos Never Dies Day by reveling in the chaos or working to lessen it, whichever you prefer, as long as you recognize that you won’t completely conquer it. And, if you don’t have to deal with situations like these pictures on a daily basis, you can be thankful. If you do have to deal with them . . . I’m sorry. (And I’m glad I’m not you!)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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