When life feels out of control, pray this
Let go of your concerns!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.
I rule the earth.
Psalm 46:10 (GW)
So much of life is out of our control.
As I write this, my brother and sister-in-law are in hospital waiting to find out if their baby will be born 4-weeks early. Out of our control.
A friend is expecting to find out if she got a job she really wants. Out of our control.
Another friend is biding time till she get’s a phone call to say the child she is wants to adopt can come home. Out of our control.
This week, Xylon and I met with the oncologist for his quarterly check up. It was clear, but the results were out of our control.
I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time and energy on things over which I have no control.
Which is why I loved this post by Seth Godin about all the events you weren’t there to control.
Godin writes about all the things that happened in the last week that you and I weren’t part of: weddings, investments, product launches and how all of those things still worked without us.
As I read it I felt like I could exhale.
It also made me feel really small, like who am I to think that I can control the outcomes of so many things I worry about?
Then it made me think about how big God is. And how God is looking after all these things that are out of my control.
You know what I realised? It isn’t my or your responsibility to control everything that happens.
Making good choices matters. Being their for friends and family matters. But when my need for control starts making trusting God to work things out hard then I need to remember this:
When my world is out of control, it isn’t out of God’s concern. (tweet this)
A prayer to pray:
God we're scared!
We confess that we've tried to take control of situations that belong to you.
You know we often doubt that you are in control but we want to let go of our concerns, and be still.
We want to know you are God in the midst of my fears and anxieties.
Thank you that you are our refuge, our fortress and our God in whom we can trust.
Thank you for peace where there was anxiety.
Give us the freedom to live today knowing that whatever happens you will arm us with strength and keep our way secure.
Bible verses to remind you God is in control: