Control Issues

Several years ago, my daughter was very sick.  She had been struggling with a fever that eventually spiked to over 105.  It was pretty scary because she was shaking and hallucinating.   She saw bugs, aliens, and Hello Kitty. The doctors at the ER cooled her off, but they were unable to break the fever completely.  We thought progress had been made, but when she woke up the next morning her fever spiked back up to near 105 again.  Eventually, everything was fine. However, those kinds of moments are scary because the results are out of our hands. We can take steps to help, but at the end of the day, much of what happens is out of our control.

As a parents, my wife and I go to great links to make sure that the kids are taken care.  We pray for them. We feed and clothe them.  We make sure they learn and play.  We discipline when necessary.  We love our children and do whatever we can to make sure they are safe.  But…life seems to throw moments at us from time to time and we realize how little control we have.  For all of our good intentions, there are just some things that we have no control over.  For all the love we have for our kids, we can’t make everything better.  Its frustrating to know that we have no control.  And I know as the kids get older, we will have less control in their life.  That is a pretty sobering thought…and I think I would like to add scary to that as well.

In the end, we all must realize that there will be moments in life that are completely out of our hands.  As much as that can be difficult, I find comfort in the fact that my life and lives of the people that I love don’t rest in my ability to fix anything. They rest in the hands of the Creator who knows what is best.  In all honesty, that can be a pretty difficult thing for me to buy into sometimes, but I have seen the hand of God at work time and time again. I have been comforted, restored, and given strength by the presence of Jesus in the most difficult of times. I know the power of Jesus to bring redemption to the moments in life that seem to be the darkest.

Keeping these verses from Matthew 11:28-30 has helped me to remember to continue to place my trust in Jesus even when things seem out of my control.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I’ve had to learn and continue to learn that God is at work and that I can place my trust in Him no matter the circumstance.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How do you respond when life circumstances are beyond your control?
  2. Do you find it easy or difficult to trust Jesus in those moments?
  3. Can you identify a time when things were beyond your control and God showed up in a major way? Have you shared that with others?
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