My husband and I have a saying, “Sometimes it’s so bad, you gotta laugh.” Needless to say, we’ve been laughing a lot lately. I’m not complaining. In fact, I think our need to laugh about life when it gets ridiculously out of control is a gentle reminder of this truth: God is in control.
If there is one thing I have learned over the past 5 years as we’ve traveled our missions road, there’s nothing really in my control. Oh, I like to think it is and I make plans like it is, and check off to-do lists like it is, but honestly that’s just my humanness. In fact, all it takes for my world to suddenly spin out of control is an unexpected situation – a disagreement with a friend, an expensive car repair, a child who gets his/her heart broken, an upcoming lease-end with no place to go.
In every situation, there’s no way to make a check mark on the list or rearrange the calendar so life can run along smoothly. Yet, I still cling to those control habits, sometimes even subconsciously. With our recent need for a home, I found that my old habits of list making and planning were of no use. I couldn’t make a house go up for rent nor generate the funds needed to move into a new place. There was absolutely nothing I could do, except trust God. And I found myself repeating that mantra over and over again.
While the housing situation has been resolved in an amazing and unexpected way with God working out every little detail, another “situation” has popped in unexpectedly. And you know what I can’t do once again? Fix it.
So instead of scheming and list-making and calendar rearranging, I will remind myself that God is in control and go to my power verse: All things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). So while I meditate on that verse when I feel the need to place a check in today’s to-do box, I will instead laugh. I will find the joy in resting in God’s perfect timing and more-than-capable hands. So instead of fretting, I will be yuckin’ it up with my man as we watch God once again do the impossible.