When Things are Outside of Our Control
Unfortunately, we don’t keep in touch like we should. It seems like we’ve lived far apart our whole lives. I’ve always wished we were closer than we are in more ways than one. Even though some things are just outside of our control, I guess the miles between us aren’t really a good excuse, are they? There are only thirteen months that separate us in age. Although, she’s the younger one I’ve always admired her. She’s outgoing. She’s not afraid to be herself. Maybe she is, but I don’t see it. My sister. I wish I were by her side right now. I wish I could wave a wand and all her troubles would go away. I’d just like to give her a hug and tell her how much I love her. Oh, she knows it even as the distance separates us. Still, my heart aches.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
There’s just something about family that God designed in a special way. There’s a bond there that can’t be easily severed. Oh, it can get pretty threadbare, but family is family, right? Over the years our family has been no different than yours. There have been differences of opinions. Personality misunderstandings. Busyness. Lives filled with raising children and time-consuming jobs.
Speaking of time, let’s chat a little about that today. Although we’re not especially good stewards of the time God gives us, He is the perfect steward of time, isn’t He? Ever had someone exclaim with the greeting, “perfect timing” when you showed up at just the right moment? That’s God. Every. Single. Time. Right on schedule. We chatted a bit about “Gut Punches” last week and touched some on God’s timing. How bout we continue that conversation?
This Christmas is turning out far differently than imagined for my sister. You see, her husband had a four-wheeler accident and as I’m writing this he is still in a coma, please pray for him. The timing of any accident is no worse or no better - no matter when it happens. I wrote the following down from Sunday’s sermon.
“When things are outside of our control be sure that it’s not outside of God’s control.”
God sees my brother-in-law and my sister right where they are today. I know we can’t imagine it right now but, “all the pieces will come together.” It’s very difficult for us to see that God will bring good from this situation as He is always so faithful to do without fail time after time. Although my brother-in-law’s physical condition is very grave, God is much more interested in his spiritual condition. I’m trusting God that He has a plan and a purpose for them. I’m trusting Him with the details…
I have no control over the timing of this. I have no control over the distance between us. I have no control over the outcome. But God does. Therefore, I will continue to pray unceasingly for them. Because that’s what I should be doing. That’s what it looks like to trust God. Prayer. That’s what it looks like to acknowledge that the details are up to Him. Pray, my friend and God will do the rest.
My peace I give to you. John 14:27
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10