when things don’t go as planned

be still and know

And there was great rejoicing across the country.

And many who hung their heads and deep sighs came out of their being.

The people have spoken and the decision has been made. We have a new Prime Minister. Will this be a good decision? Only the Lord really knows. After all, He is the One who is really in control.

Some may wonder at His decision to let this young man take over the reigns of power here in our beloved country. A guy with an agenda I am not entirely on board with.

Things don’t always go the way we plan, do they?

Not in elections, not in careers, family, our day-to-day activities or in pretty much anything where planning is involved.

There are so many variables that we have no control over that we really wish we did. For me, I’d like to control all my children’s choices, I would like to control how my body reacts to certain foods, I would like to control when the price of grain goes up and how much grain is in the bin. I would like to control my subscriber list and how many people read my blog. I voted so that I could participate in that one piece that I can control…my vote.

Some of the situations can be influenced by the choices┬áthat I make , like which box I put my X in, but at the end of the day the overall outcomes are out of my control. And when things don’t go the way we had hoped, we get disappointed.

I don’t think we have any control over that initial gut reaction to disappointment either. It is visceral and unconscious. Our soul knows what we hoped for and responds before our logical mind can catch up, before the muscles in our frown can reset themselves.

I am so thankful for the devotional I read this morning. It was from the book 5 Minutes With Jesus by Sheila Walsh. All the scriptures spoke to my soul as I pondered all the things that are not under my control. She talked about how the words ‘Be Still’ could also be translated ‘Let Go’.

In letting go of my desire to control an outcome I release that trust to God, giving room for Him to do what He is so much better at doing than I am, even if I don’t agree with it! Over and over again in Job we see how God says, “I control this physical world, can you?” In Isaiah He says, “I alone am God! There is none like me.”

I love “Be still and know that I am God” from Psalm 46. Today I am thankful for this greater understanding of “Let go and know that I am God”. I will let go of my desire to control and trust that the God who holds the universe and the molecules that form my body together do what He does best – control things. This God who does not grow weary and doesn’t sleep, who is ever vigilant and on duty. (cannot wrap my head around that!)

I will, once again, trust my desires to the Him, even if things don’t go the way I would like. Yet another lesson in letting go and letting God. I will trust this country that I love to the One who made it. He’s got this.

My part, the thing I can control, is what I do now. Now I will pray. Now I will hope in God. Now I will intercede for our government. I will ask for wise men and women to discern the will of God for our country. I will pray for ‘Daniels’ to rise up around PM Trudeau and speak wise words in his ear and I will pray he listens. I will pray for the opposition to stand on guard, to ask good questions and to continue to fight the good fight and hold the governing body accountable for their decisions. This I CAN do! And so can you.

About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.

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