Out Of Control

There is a lot in life we cannot control.

I never in a million years would have anticipated the pandemic that shuttered our country this spring. Church services cancelled. Travel halted. Department stores, beauty salons and restaurants closed.  Small businesses and independent contractors (like me) without incomes for months on end.

There is a lot in life we cannot control. We can’t control who our family is or what choices our kids make or guarantee the security of our job. We can’t control if we get sick, when our car breaks down, or if it will rain on our parade.

What we can control.

What we can control is how we respond to shifts and challenges. In Philippines 4:19, Paul writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the SECRET of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

I had to learn the secret of being content in the midst of this global pandemic. Do you?

I’m encouraged that Paul, the superhero of the New Testament, had to learn contentment which means we can, too. 

He tells us how in Philippines 4:6 “Do not be anxious (or worried or concerned or upset) about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

How to learn to deal with “it”.

Pray.

Paul says in that the key to his contentment is knowing and trusting Jesus. Believing that in the midst of your moments and your hard seasons of life that God will provide a way out or through or around the mess or that he will be your comfort in the midst of the mess. (1 Cor. 10:13) Ask him to be present. For solutions. To bring you peace. 

Petition.

Listen, if there was something you could do to make a change in the sitch, you would have. Since you can’t, trust God to work it out. Every time a fear or concern troubles your mind, ask the Lord to replace it with peace and to fill in the gaps. Choose to trust that God will be with you throughout this whole thing. (Isaiah 41:10) That as part of the Body of Christ, you will be sustained.

Be thankful.

Whatever you’re facing could be worse. Be thankful it’s not. Look for the silver lining and watch God turn this wretched thing into something good. (Romans 8:28) Thank God for what he’s going to do and the people he’ll use to do it. 

  • During the pandemic, dozens of my speaking events cancelled, but thankfully, the Body of Christ has mobilized sending many gifts of support and prayerful encouragement.
  • We are thankful to be healthy and using this time to create new talks to equip and empower people with hope and the tools to make positive changes.

Girl, I wish there was a magic formula to coax God into doing what I want and giving me what I want, but, there’s not. He uses inconveniences, calamities and even a pandemic so I will lean on him, learn to trust him and grow in my faith. When I do, I have peace that God is on the throne with a plan to work things out for good. Phil 4:7 says, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What have you learned about trusting God in seasons you’ve hated? Leave a comment below with the lesson you learned or the way you survived a cruddy season of life.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes this life is so hard, I want to curl up and suck my thumb. God, give me the assurance of your Presence. Work this out for good and help me be thankful that you are with me. In Jesus Name amen.