Welcome back, dear friends! The radio silence is over, and I’m getting back on my feet after 5 weeks of international living. Our son, Joshua, is safely settled into his bachelor pad downstairs at my parents’ place in Canada. What a whirlwind of activity and emotion! He’s now the proud owner of snow boots, a down-filled jacket, and an Alberta Health Care Card.
We’re still trusting for a job for him (he’s an excellent barista if anyone knows of openings in the South Edmonton area) and acceptance into his program of choice at MacEwan University this coming fall.
Goodbyes don’t get easier, do they? You’d think that I’d be good at this by now. No, it’s still terrible to say ‘goodbye’ to people you love. But I’ll write about that more once my dreadful jet lag has worn off.
Today is FRIDAY! Whoop whoop! Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. (Missed you guys.) No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.
This week, the prompt word is CONTROL. (oh great… seriously?)
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// Let’s face it… there are sooo many things out of my control.
I can’t control Home Affairs or getting the appropriate visas for my family. I couldn’t control Joshua’s ability to get a longer visa and stay in the country with us.
I can’t control the admissions boards at universities to ensure that my brilliant child captures a place among their new students.
I can’t control bureaucracy and the inefficiency of different nations to communicate with each other.
I can’t control potential employers and their decision-making abilities. “My kid is awesome; why aren’t you hiring him?”
I can’t control mortality or the health of the human body. So many of our precious friends are in a death-defying battle with disease right now.
Let’s face it; I can’t even control my ability to have an enjoyable flight overseas. I did my part… I chose a reputable airline. I chose a convenient seat. But all it takes is one rude person with bad gas to ruin a perfectly good flight. (Watch this space for a proper rant about rude people in international airfare.).
What can I control?
Myself. My attitude. My heart. My reactions. My emotions.
Yes, the waves of bad attitude and negative confession come quickly and, most often, with warning… and there’s no sin in feeling things deeply.
But then what? What do I do with all that anger and raw emotion? What do I do when the melancholy presses in like a heavy cloud? //
I have realized, once again, through the course of the last month, that GOD IS MUCH BETTER AT HOLDING THE REINS OF MY LIFE.
My best efforts come to nothing; they just leave me tired and discouraged. But when we surrender control of our circumstances and situations to our Faithful Father, that’s when He surprises us with intervention.
That’s when God speaks to OTHER people on our behalf!
This past month, I have received the most perfectly-timed messages from friends and family, arriving exactly when I needed to hear them most. Quite often, those messages arrived in the middle of the night when I was tossing and turning and crying out to God for comfort and help.
BING… “You’ve got mail!”
How precious! Thank you, dear friends, for being so sensitive and timely.
Even more powerful than opinions or advice, are messages that include the Words of Life found in the Bible. As I was boarding the plane for the long flight home, a dear friend sent me this Scripture verse from Isaiah 8:11-14 in The Message Bible. It cut quickly through the heavy cloud and gave me the courage to hand over the Controls to my Father again.
“God spoke strongly to me, grabbed me with both hands and warned me not to go along with this people. He said: ‘Don’t be like this people, always afraid somebody is plotting against them. Don’t fear what they fear. Don’t take on their worries. If you’re going to worry, worry about The Holy. Fear God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a boulder blocking your way…’”
Wow wow wow!
God truly is the Grand Master of Design, and even when He allows us or our loved ones to suffer for a while, there is still purpose in it, and He can be trusted with the CONTROLS. I believe that with all my heart (even though my mind sometimes needs to catch up)!
You see, trust simply means waiting in silent expectation… Waiting to see the hand of God at work. Waiting for agencies to act and circumstances to align. Waiting for breakthrough.
How beautiful it was to arrive home to hear that our eldest had received a financial miracle in Australia. Yes, we had been believing God for a miracle, but I had been so focused on getting Joshua sorted out that, quite frankly, I had forgotten to pray for her need.
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I choose again to trust Him today! Will you join me?
YOUR TURN: Use the comments below to tell us about a time when giving God the controls in your life has brought breakthrough.
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