In this last year, things have changed for me and I will be honest, I have struggled. Just recently, I had a good hard talk with myself (don’t judge) and I realized that I really do not have control over what has happened in my life.
Most folks would think that they had it great in my shoes, but I struggle with the “what ifs”. I’m not a “sun-shiny” person, I don’t see the silver lining in situations, I’m more of an Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh reference – oh no, I didn’t work with preschoolers!). You can give me a situation and I will automatically go to the “worst-case scenario”. I realize it’s just the way I am wired. At times this is good because it helps me plan for most situations, but it also scares me to death! I tend to be like “Chicken Little” where the sky is always falling!
What I have come to terms with recently is realizing I cannot control situations or the people around me. Even though at times that is all I want to do! Sometimes it seems like I NEED to be in control, I feel I can do it better or more efficient or what have you, but there are things I simply cannot control. There is a county song by Van Zant that says, “Want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Every time I hear it I can’t help but chuckle because it seems so appropriate to my life, I can just imagine God up in Heaven having a laugh every time I try to take over His job, as if He needs my help!
That being said, I have learned the only control I truly have is how I accept things. I can get upset and wallow in my misery or I can choose to trust that God knows what He is doing and He wouldn’t give me something I couldn’t handle.
In Isaiah 43:1 God says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.“
How comforting is that? Such promise of safety and love. I realize that I can’t change overnight, but I’m working on it consider me “Under GOD-Construction”. So I will continue to pray that I stand strong in God’s word and let go of things I cannot control and accept what God has in store for me.
Now, it’s your turn, any bible verses that help you get through this crazy life? Please share, because sharing is caring!