In the Old Testament whenever someone had an awesome experience with God they set up altars and named the place after their experience. Me? I blog.
There are moments in life that we have the ability to remember so clearly and completely it seems that they only happened yesterday. That’s how I feel about this particular moment. I was on Candler Rd. in Decatur, Georgia turning to get on I-20 west. It was 2006 to my recollection. I had been upset for awhile over a relationship. I’m honestly too embarrassed to tell you how long this had been going on. But after spending an extended period of time crying, praying and obsessing, it hit me. “God holds the whole world in His hands,” I thought. “If He wanted to give me one little man, He could…without a second thought.” That was the moment I let go…completely.
All too often we allow our worries to consume us. We make our problems bigger than our God when all we really need to do is go back to our childhood and the song so many of us sung. “God’s got the whole world in His hands. He’s got the whole world in His hands. He’s got the whole world in His hands. He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
When you honestly realize that God is in control of EVERYTHING that is happening in your world (and the world as a whole), you will become a lot less bothered by the things completely out of your control. Why are you obsessing about situations God is involved in and handling? What makes you think that you are smarter than your Creator? What can you honestly do that He is unable to do?
I learned a valuable lesson this week. When we stop obsessing over our problems and truly give them to God, He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). And that’s exactly what He did for me this week. We must understand that God is a strategic God. He knows, sees, and understands the bigger picture. And He will cause everything in your life to work out perfectly if you just stop trying to control everything and relinquish that power to God.
In Genesis 28, while in the middle of a difficult situation, Jacob laid his head on a rock and took a nap. Once asleep, he was able to see angels ascending and descending between heaven and earth. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all lie down and sleep in our hard places and simply allow God and His angels to work them out for us? I am committed to doing just this. What about you?