"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Bridge of Chaos

In class yesterday, we did a great exercise while we discussed the following diagram.  It's hard to see in this picture, but it is a bridge from "settled in America" to "unsettling" to "chaos" to "resettling" to "a new settled in new country." 

To show how this works, we created a bridge with chairs and balls.  Some of the chairs, representing "settled" were stable on the ground, but the "unsettled" chairs were rocking.  The "Chaos" stage was represented by three large yoga balls.

A few people in the class were choosen to form a team, representing a family and two singles.  Katelyn played the part of "daughter" :)  They were all roped together, representing their unity.

Their trip to their new country began quite smoothly.  Dad took the lead and gave instructions.

But soon they hit "chaos."  Nothing was stable in their life.  But the rest of the class rallied around them and supported them as they made their trek and no one fell. 

And as we worked together, we all knew...this is what we need....the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We need our family to pray for us and love on us as we face fearful words like "unsettled" and "chaos."  We need you praying for us and the grace of God lifting us, if we hope to make it across that kind of bridge to Uganda.

After class, the kids went downstairs and made their own bridges.  Their bridges had USA on one hand and Uganda on the other.  The popsicle planks were labeled by them with words of their choosing...some nice sounding, like "adventure" and "new friends."  Others didn't sound so nice, like "sad," "hard," and "goodbyes." 

But under each of their bridges is a heart...the love of God the father, lifting us up...carrying us through...

Please hold us in your prayers as the ground beneath us shakes... 


  1. Wow that is an incredible analogy. I never thought about it that way. Will be praying.

  2. We will remember you before the Throne of our King, Savior and Lord.

  3. I loved reading this and will continue praying for your family! I loved the picture of Rebecca holding her bridge! What a beautiful reminder of God's everlasting arms underneath us with the heart under the bridge!

    elizabeth timmons

  4. Thanks for posting this stuff, Dianna. So cool to see how you guys train. Did they teach you how to get through many, many, many power outages? ;-)