Hey friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? Did you attend church service? Thankfully we restarted our Sunday school classes a few weeks ago and I must admit being among the ladies makes my heart glad. It is profitable for me to be with like-minded people, who understand my thought pattern without too much explanation. It is also very good for my family members. The ladies encourage and motivate me into becoming more like Christ.
When our daughter Anna, was two, she went through a period of life-threatening accidents. She was hit by a car which was driven by my brother, unfortunately he still has nightmares. Praise the Lord, she came through that accident without any injuries, not even a blemish on her skin. Later that year, she also fell down a flight of stairs and again lived to tell the tale with just a few bruises and no other internal injuries. At that time though, we were already pretty much familiar with the hospital routine at this point, because she had asthma and suffered from severe acid reflux as a baby. Most of the nurses probably knew her name at this time.
I was terrified, whenever she was out of my sight. I became so paranoid that she hardly went anywhere if I was not there. Did I not already tell you; I have control issues? I am sure that there are parents out there with similar stories like mine, but at times, when trials come our way, it may seem like we are the only ones with this issue. This is far from the truth, isn’t it? I have control issues. I like to know what is coming next. I like to have my life all mapped out and I would like to have all the details of the when(s), how(s), and why(s) in advance. But if I had all that, there would be no need to trust the Lord, after all, I already have all the answers.
The world we live in can be perceived as a very scary place. Government- against its people, families –divided; communities- in uproar; parents and kids -butting heads, where is the Lord in all this? Did He not know? Does He care?
Do you know what we believe about God control our actions? It is reflexive and an easy thing when we allow our feelings to control my actions. I allowed fear for Anna to almost cripple our lives, because I failed to trust God with her. I really wanted to control what happened next, nit life is unpredictable, and mishaps is inevitable. It was a lot harder to lay my burdens at His feet. I thought I was doing that then, but what I was giving was just lip service.
On Sunday we were reminded that faith is a very necessary component of our walk with the Lord. I exercise faith when I trust the Lord. We can allow fear, anger, bitterness to control our actions, or we can surrender our will to be in control and accept the promises of God’s Word and find rest in His arms. His Word should always supersede our feelings about our lot in life. Our feelings come and go; there is nothing neither stable nor secure in them. They are a wave on the sea, controlled by whatever life brings our way. We cannot rely on them because they are dependent on our perspective of our reality.
I learnt to trust the Lord with Anna. It was not easy to surrender my desire for the way I wanted her life to be, but when I believed that my God ‘Shall neither slumber nor sleep’, it brought a peace that I did not have when I tried to control the situation.
Yes, it is easy to be at each other’s throats during these tremulous times, but I cannot allow my feeling to dictate my actions and still say I believe the Lord is in control. Is He in control? Do you believe He is in control? Then let us act like we believe it! Remember the world is watching…