Not knowing?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to being in control, understanding why things happen and how they will be resolved, is there no greater source for comfort than remembering this: As you serve God, there is no situation you can get yourself into that he can’t get you out of. If you trust him fully, you will be all right?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

If you’re like me, being in control of the things that affect life is very important. I want to be on top of things, to know as much as I can about everything that affects my life. As I struggled with heart disease over the last year I was tremendously motivated to research everything that I could to give me an edge on knowing about the disease, its treatment, its cure, and what it would take to recover. Although I did the research and then some, in the end I could do little to affect the treatment and recovery as a factor of that knowledge. I had to depend on the surgeons, technicians, nurses and pharmacists for that. There was too much to know and I just had to trust these medical experts with my life.

I remember reading recently that knowledge is exploding at more than 2000 pages a minute. In fact, if you read 24 hours a day, from age 21 to 70, and retained all you read, you would be one and a half million years behind when you finished. Pretty hopeless? When it comes to controlling your life, based on these statistics, one might as well just give up and trust the only source for a good outcome, God.

Here’s a thought from author James Brown. “There is no situation I can get into that God cannot get me out. Some years ago when I was learning to fly, my instructor told me to put the plane into a steep and extended dive. I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. After a brief time the engine stalled, and the plane began to plunge out-of-control. It soon became evident that the instructor was not going to help me at all. After a few seconds, which seemed like eternity, my mind began to function again. I quickly corrected the situation. Immediately I turned to the instructor and began to vent my fearful frustrations on him. He very calmly said to me, “There is no position you can get this airplane into that I cannot get you out of. If you want to learn to fly, go up there and do it again.” (James Brown)

When it comes to being in control, understanding why things happen and how they will be resolved, there is no greater source for comfort than remembering this: As you serve God, there is no situation you can get yourself into that he can’t get you out of. If you trust him fully, you will be all right. Sure, there is great comfort in knowing what is going to happen to you and why. That’s human nature. A year ago I was riveted by the quest to know how heart disease would affect my life in the months and years to come. Now I have some of the answer, but not all. I guess life is all about learning to fly, keeping going, and trusting that God IS in control. In that respect “not knowing” may be even more comforting that knowing it all.

We pray. Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from your perspective. Help me to focus on you and your power. Today I bring before you all that afflicts me in my life. Help me not to fear but to trust you in this situation. I declare my faith in your ability to fulfill your promises to me. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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