This is a word which conjures up a myriad of images for me.
First there is the insanity of motherhood. Doing the laundry over and over and over again, expecting it to all be clean, folded, and put away one day for more than five minutes! Can I get an amen? Or what about asking my kids to clean their rooms over and over and over again, expecting that one day I won’t have to ask or coach them on what I actually mean by clean up. Please tell me I’m not the only parent whose child thinks cleaning means raking the pile of trash, toys, and dirty laundry from the middle of the floor into a big heap in the corner of his room.
Then there is the insanity of marriage. Am I the only one who fights with her husband about the exact same thing over and over and over again expecting that this time he’ll “get it”?
In general, the word insanity brings to mind stress inducing circumstances that are created in part by my inability to adjust my expectations to the reality of life, or set boundaries to create a different reality.
As I’ve unpacked my thoughts about this topic though, I’ve found a deeper meaning in the word insanity. Check out these words from the book of Isaiah:
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Let’s reflect on who God is for a moment. Creator. Redeemer. Provider. All-knowing. All-powerful….. the list could go on and on.
Next week, I get to teach my kids at church about how God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape from Pharaoh. Seriously, that’s INSANE! God parted a sea? The people walked through on dry land?
When I think about God, and who He is, and what He’s done, I can’t help but feel a bit of insanity. I mean who can fully comprehend the things of God? According to Isaiah, no one!
Do you know what’s even more insane? That same God who spoke the world into creation, the same God who tells the ocean where to stop, He loves me! According to scripture, I am a sinner fallen short of the glory of God. According to scripture the wages of my sin are death. Also according to scripture the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. There’s only one word for that: I-N-S-A-N-E!
Friends, I’ll bet your day today will be filled with plenty of stress inducing circumstances that will feel like insanity to you. I’ll bet you can find plenty of things to be overwhelmed by, as will I. My prayer for us both today, is that in the midst of the insanity, we can pause just long enough to be overwhelmed by the insanely crazy love of our heavenly father. Who knows, maybe then our lives won’t feel so insane after all.
Let’s talk again on Friday about all this insanity stuff…