Sometimes we long for excitement but other times, in the midst of chaos, we long for predictability. It is a hard lesson to learn as a child that not everything and everyone is dependable or stable. Sometimes volcanoes erupt and flights get cancelled. Sometimes people we love get sick and die or leave for no good reason. We learn that there is no such thing as a job for life and that the value of a pound changes. Some changes bring joy but others bring sorrow and we have little control over what happens next. Have you ever been behind someone at the airport check in when their flight is cancelled? Many a time I feel sorry for the person behind the counter as the customer blames them personally for their delayed journey. Sometimes when things are out of our control we decided to not bother controlling our temper either- as if ranting and raging will make things better.
I’m not ranter and rager, but I do like to be in control. I’m not a person for roller coasters and bungee jumps. But through the changes that life brings I have been learning that there is only stability and dependability in one person – Jesus. We can pretend we have it all together, but when things start to become rough we panic. Just like the big strong fishermen disciples:
Matthew 8:23-27 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
It’s amazing to me that the disciples, who were used to storms, were in a panic, but Jesus was fast asleep. The bible never promises that life will be storm free, in fact it says the opposite, perhaps because the storms teach us that we are not in control and force us to seek out Jesus? But one of the scriptures that help me the most after Mum’s suicide was about God’s control in the midst of chaos.
Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
The world can fall apart around us but God’s love is still dependable. It is so tiring to be the one always in control, especially when you are not! Let God take his place as the one in charge in your life and let him take the rudder. You won’t avoid storms but you won’t be having to navigate through them on your own.
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