Have you ever planned and prepared, believing you could somewhat control the days ahead? Me too! Currently, this thought makes me laugh!!!
While living with the threat of covid, I think we all realize that trying to control an uncertain tomorrow is like trying to capture the ocean one handful at a time. Clearly, we have no control over the future.
So what is a gal to do when her world is full of shifting sand? What is a momma to do when her children’s school schedules are out of control? How do we plan for the future, when the future keeps changing?
Here are a few things that are helping me!
First, I must remember that though I may be self-controlled, I am not in control. Yes, I plan and prepare, but I do not control my or anyone’s future. This is the role of our heavenly Father, not me, and not you. Friend, maybe we should relax and let Him take care of our future – here on earth and in heaven. He’s got this and He has our best interest in mind. I Corinthians 2:8-9 (ESV) reads, “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”
Second, I have to trust God in the bad times like I do in the good. Yes, my world is ever changing, but this is not our forever home. My heavenly Father is preparing a perfect place, and He invites you, and me to live forever with Him. “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2 (ESV)
Third, I believe that God is God, and He is good at being God, so I choose to trust Him. He loves me even more than I love myself. He loves my children more than I do. When I do not understand his hand, I choose to trust His heart.
Ladies, plan your days. Make wise choices, but do not waste your time, energy, and emotion trying to control the future. When we build our life on shifting sand, our life will end in shambles. In fact, there is a parable in Matthew chapter seven about a wise builder and foolish builder. One builds his house on sand, the other on the solid rock.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
We can choose to build our life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ and his word. His word never changes. His love never changes. He is a firm foundation, even when everything around us is shifting. He is the solid rock. He is in control, and I am not. I can trust Him in the good and the bad. He is a good God, and He is good at being God. Of this, I am certain, even in times of uncertainty! So trust Him with your day and enjoy your life!
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 (NIV)