"Stop it Steve; that's enough!" I covered my ears; his incessant honking was no longer funny.
But, Steve continued, determined to press harder and longer on the horn, laughing, at his ability to be in control.
"Stop it Steve!" My sister lunged her hand, hitting Steve's elbow-locked arm...and just that quick...the world Steve felt so in control of...turned upside down...and so did ours . Our van veered back and forth across the road, tilted on two wheels, hit a guard rail, and then flipped over and over again.
I closed my eyes, watching my life flash before me. I recalled my grandmother's recent accident and the comment the doctors made to my grand-father about her survival: "It's a good thing she was sleeping. She probably survived this crash because her body was so relaxed."
Though, today, I'm not sure what made the doctor say that, at the time, I kept saying, "Just relax and you'll make it through!" So, I let my body smack against the sink counter, along with our couch that pulled out into a bed, and then landed hitting the ceiling; the van finally came to a stand still. It was completely totalled but miraculously, we each survived to live another day.
It's funny how we can feel completely in control one minute, feeling as if we have the world by its tail, then all of a sudden the tail snaps off, and we helplessly watch our world spin wildly out of control. We find ourselves crashing up against things, unexpectedly twisting and turning, in a complete state of un-control.
Can I be completely honest with you? I've felt like that many times this week. I find myself questioning God's direction for my life. I keep asking Him, "What is it that YOU really want?" I've teetered between commanding mountains to be moved and pulling covers back over my head. What can I say...I guess I'm human! And dear friends, I've found the only safe thing for us to do in moments like these is to "Relax...and to remind ourselves...we'll make it through!"
Perhaps the reason our world begins spinning uncontrollably is to bring us to the place we should have started and remained...in a place of SURRENDER!
Not surrendered to the chaos, not surrendered to our own abilities, not surrendered to plans of action or the antithesis of helpless retreats...but SURRENDERED to the One Who is in control...SURRENDERED to the One Who holds our future...SURRENDERED securely to the One Who loves us unconditionally.
Unfortunately, heartaches and disappointments are certain in life...it's what we do with them that defines us! I for one am resolved to release each fear, each heartache, and each disappointment to JESUS...confident that He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it!
So if your world seems to be spinning wildy out of control...RELAX...and surrender each ambition, dream, and vision to God. He speaks peace, commanding storms and waters to stop raging...AND...even greater news is HE CARES FOR US!
Matthew 6:31-33 assures us of His provision; it says, "So do not worry , saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (NIV)
PRAYER: Thank You LORD that YOU ARE in control and YOU ARE working all things together for our good. Thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Let our life count for You. In Jesus name, we pray, amen.