We all love being in control, don’t we? There are times in all of our lives though that it seems like all we do is wander aimlessly and no matter how hard we pray, nothing happens. When we pray and God doesn’t answer immediately or even for years in some circumstances, we start falling into that “things are definitely out of control” mode and begin to panic. When in reality, if we are praying and trusting God for answers, things are not out of control at all. God hears our prayers and honors them–He is in total control once we’ve prayed. Satan would just like for us to think God’s not listening and that things out of control.
Today I was driving down the road following a big white Cadillac. It was moving rather slowly and my first reaction was to be annoyed with their speed. I was trying to make it on time for an appointment and they were starting to make it impossible to be on time. I had an agenda and they were in my way! However, as I looked closer, it appeared from the back of the car that there was in fact no one driving the vehicle! There was not one head of a driver or passenger to be seen above the front seat head rests anywhere. I quickly turned my frustrations of their slowness into laughing. I couldn’t see anyone driving, but I knew since the vehicle was stopping, starting and turning on turn signals 500 feet before they turned, someone was behind the wheel. I don’t know why it is funny, but it just is because you know there is some little old man or old woman behind that wheel and they’re probably sitting on a pillow!
I realized with this scenario that I could choose to be entertained and laugh or I could be upset. The one thing I knew was that I was no longer in control of my schedule; rather the person in front of me was. There was nowhere I could go but just stay in the lane I knew would eventually get me there—the one I thought was going to get me there on time.
How many times are our plans and agendas stopped or slowed down by things we cannot control like slow moving vehicles in our path? We have all been in situations where we had a plan for our lives, prayed about it, stepped out in faith, and now things just aren’t working out as we had hoped. Why is it when we pray about things that God doesn’t just make them happen? He seemed to say, “OK,” when we were making the plans, but now it just seems that He doesn’t care or isn’t listening as nothing seems to be going our way. Boy this is the time where the enemy arises and puts all kinds of questions and doubts in our minds. He really wants us to believe that God doesn’t care. If he is allowed, he will turn our focus onto things that really don’t matter in the big scheme of things, while taking our focus off of what God is actually doing in our circumstances.
I have recently been learning how to knit and to say the least, the experience has been interesting. My goal is to make dishcloths like what my mom used to knit every Christmas for her kids and grandkids to have in their kitchens every year. As I started following the pattern yesterday to make my first one, it just wasn’t looking right. It’s supposed to end up square when it’s done but it was beginning to take on the shape of, of, of, I’m not sure what. I was pretty sure it wasn’t looking like a dishcloth, though! However, as I continue to work the pattern row by row, slowly but surely, it is starting to take form and I do believe when it is done, I may have a dishcloth! It might not be perfect, but with a little practice, I bet the next one is wonderful!
Reflecting on today’s happenings, I am reminded that even when I can’t see God behind the wheel of my life, I have to have faith that He is there. He sends signals here and there with unexpected happenings and/or blessing and we just have to teach ourselves to focus on those signs along the way and trust. We may look at our dishcloths in life and think it is never going to be right even when we thought we were following the pattern exactly. The same goes for our lives. We can read God’s Word and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us, but we have to have faith that the outcome will be what God perfectly designed for our lives, even when it looks nothing like we imagined.
If we could always see the driver and the final outcome of our life’s dilemmas, why would we need God? God uses these dry times in our lives to teach us and help us grow closer to Him. Instead of panic and dismay, my prayer for you today is that even when you have that out of control feeling and think that life has thrown you another lemon, I hope you will find laughter instead of the turmoil that comes when we feel out of control and unloved by God. Have faith, He is still driving. As a matter of fact, the outcome He has planned for your situation is going to be a masterpiece. Perhaps if it were a washcloth, it would win a blue ribbon at the county fair for workmanship!
Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of your joy. Stay focused and trust that God has things under control. Rather, laugh at your enemy that he has once again tried to cause you to stray and once again failed. For when we are able to give up total control and trust, we can once again find the supernatural peace
and joy that only God can give. Your answers may not come today nor even tomorrow, but rest assured they will come in God’s time. May His peace and joy be yours today while you wait and trust the Creator of the Universe to work it all out!
1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen,you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.