Losing Control

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Insight

Being a mom is such a joy! You start out with this tiny human who happens to look like you, and slowly (but also quickly) you end up with grown adults who are living the life you taught them to live. Along the way there are these fascinating times of watching them physically grow, learn new concepts, and achieve new things. It’s incredible, and rewarding, and there is no bigger blessing.

But also some days your husband leaves for work with a full belly, and a hot cup of coffee, and a cheery smile. And you are left with one toddler screaming with an ear infection, the other throwing everyone’s breakfast on the floor, one dog peeing on the carpet, the doorbell ringing, the car alarm going off; all while you have your own head in the kitchen sink because you’re eight weeks pregnant so your mornings are pretty much all about vomit. And it’s in this moment when you’re thinking Come, Lord. take me home… that He reminds you – you are not in control.

It is on these days, when you are laughing because it’s all you’ve got; and you’re raising the white flags, that you toss your hands into the air – and you praise Him. It’s a real good thing that this life isn’t actually up to me; because it would all go down in flames every single day. Instead, I can sing praises that HE is in control, and I can give it all to Him. We are more capable than we think, when we trust God, and let Him help us carry our load. I can be a leader in my family when I trust God to first lead me.

So when it all hits the fan, remember Isaiah 41:10. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

You don’t have to fear your life spinning out of control; He is with you. You don’t have to wonder if you’re strong enough to handle what’s next; He is. And when you can’t even stand on your own two feet, He will hold you up. You don’t even need to understand why you feel like you’re drowning in the ocean waves. All that matters is that you let Him be the captain of your ship.

Reflection

  • Where in your life do you need to toss your hands in the air, let go of your control, and praise Him?
  • When it takes a village, who do you turn to? Have you praised Him for your village lately?

Prayer

God, during those moments that don’t make sense, that test my limits, that make me want to quit, may I instead praise You. Remind me that You are in control of my circumstances, even when it doesn’t seem that way. Give me the boldness to trust You with every step I take. In Your name, Jesus. Amen. 

PC3 writer Annalee Thomasson wrote today’s devotional.