Out of Control: no longer possible to manage…
Above is the term or phrase, “out of control,” as well as the meaning of it according to the dictionary.
If I had to describe my life in three words, “out of control” would be a valid description of how things have been for a while now. You could even almost say that it has become the “norm.”
So, what does “out of control” look or sound like?
For me, it’s been four years of travelling up hills and down through valleys. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, it’s been the journey of being diagnosed with a disease at a young age after having no answers until two years after the symptoms of the disease started. Twelve surgeries later, life still throws me curve balls every day, every month, and every year. I’ve lost four family members in the last four years, I’ve moved to a new house with my family, and I have graduated with both my high school diploma and my AA degree.
I could keep going on with other detailed things that have happened to better define “out of control” even more, but I think you get the point.
When we were born, the doctors never looked at our tiny cute faces or to our new, panicked parents and said that life would be easy from there on out. Teachers have never said that once we graduate high school after 13 years of education, everything would be simple and things would just unfold for us with hundreds of doors of opportunity. Most importantly, God, our Creator, in all of the promises He has made, never said or promised that our journey in this short life would be smooth sailing. Rather though, He gave us other promises as a solution when life gets out of control.
One of my favorite verses, which happens to be my life verse, states, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Furthermore, Luke 12:22-31 says, “And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Finally, Psalm 23:4 states, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
The phrase or term of “fearing not” is used in the Bible 365 times. These verses/passages point to the fact that there is no reason to fear because God is with us and He gives us what we need because He knows what is best.
So often, we try to take control of our own situations because we think that we have the strength, the confidence, and the ability to fix things on our own. Instead though, because of our imperfections and sinful nature, we tend to make matters worse in some way, shape, or form. It may not directly affect the situation we are in, but it can affect our own selves by adding more stress, impatience, and anger to our list of problems.
The reason why God tells us to not fear is because He means it. He knows we aren’t capable of taking matters into our own hands, and that is why He tells us to place them in His instead. 1 Peter 5:7 (“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”) is in the Bible for a reason. God wants us to cast our care, our burdens, and our problems on Him because He has the strength and the power to help and guide us through. He created us to not be independent beings who have it all together, but rather to be dependent beings who rely on Him because He does have it all together.
Even though God may not fix our problems right away, He promises to shepherd us and lead us through our difficulties to ultimately get to the light at the end of the tunnel. He promises to give us strength in our weaknesses and to ultimately BE our strength when we are weak. He’s already standing at the end of our problems. All He wants is for us to allow Him to carry us to the other side.
When everything is out of control, He is in control. He sees your deepest hurt and need. Don’t take your pain out on someone else or on yourself. Instead, take your pain to God and watch Him work. With Him, all things are possible. He’s working in the hardships of your life, shaping and molding you along the way as He walks with you as you go step by step.
Give Him FULL control. It belongs to Him anyways. In His timing, you’ll make it through.
***Attached below is a link to a poem entitled “Footprints in the Sand.” It is a very encouraging poem, and I pray it will encourage you as much as it has for me. ***