(05.28.21 – Who's In Control? -Psalm 103:1-122)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Ultimately, does it take a power more compelling than self-will to make what we know into something worth knowing? Who really is in control of where we are going?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
I remember when I was first learning to drive. It was sobering the day my father said, "Take the wheel Son." The perspective from behind the wheel was not at all what I had expected having always viewed the road past my father's head from way back in the recesses of our family station wagon. Now, I was in command. In my life there were few moments that equaled that level of stark vulnerability. Although I had moved over into the driver seat with a sense of confidence and excitement, the minute my hands grasped the wheel, my confidence quickly left and my excitement turned into awe. If I had not been able to look to my right to see that the man who ruled that vehicle actually sat next to me, I would not have had the courage to put the car in gear.
Life is like that; knowing what to do is a small part of the battle. Ultimately, it takes a power more compelling than self-will to make what we know into something worth knowing.
Here's a story: F. B. Meyer tells of his experience sailing across the Irish Channel. "When I was crossing the Irish Channel one dark, starless night, I stood on the deck by the captain and asked him, 'How do you know how to get to Holyhead Harbor on so dark a night as this?' He beckoned me to the bridge and had me look out over the blackness at some lights, far in the distance. He said, 'You see those three lights? I need to steer the ship so that those three lights line up behind each other as one, and when we see them so united we know the exact position of the harbor's mouth.'" (F. B. Meyers, Speakers Sourcebook, page 183.)
Lining up the lights. Taking life's issues in hand without the security of knowing exactly where you are going and how you are going to get there is foolish. You may think that you have a full grasp of the situation. But, when life suddenly puts you into the driver's seat like that time I sat there with my Dad for the first time, all bets may be off. You may be sitting at the wheel today fearful that if you let go if for but one second your life might fly out of control. Don't be afraid. Look away from those things that threaten you and cast your eyes upon God who has put all things under his control. Life, and those things which threaten you every day, are under His complete control. Make a wrong turn? He is there to steer your right. Drive down the wrong street? He will guide you back to safe places. God is our pilot in this life. Look to Him and He will give you the confidence and ability to find your way to safe harbor every time. It just a matter of lining up the lights before you back out of life's driveway.
We pray. Heavenly Father, I am sitting at the wheel of life today fearful that if I let go my life might fly out of control. Lord, I am afraid. Help me by Your Spirit to look away from those things that threaten me and cast my eyes upon You who has put all things under Your control. Life, and those things which threaten me every day, are under Your complete control. Make a wrong turn? You are there to steer me right. Drive down the wrong street? You will guide me back to safe places. You are my pilot in this life and I look to You and You will give me the confidence and ability to find my way to safe harbor every time. 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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