With only 26 days to go in this hurricane season, and it looks like we have been spared for this round! In fact it has been an unusually quiet season . . . and you won’t find any of us Floridians complaining about that! Yet it was just a year ago that the northeast was hit by hurricane Sandy. While watching recent news coverage on Sandy’s first anniversary I was struck by the power of the storm and the extent of the damage she inflicted. There are still neighborhoods trying to recover! I can’t imagine how residents felt as the storm hammered their communities around them, many as they sat trapped in their homes! Can you imagine that feeling? There was little they could do but wait, hope and pray. They had absolutely no control of that hurricane or the destruction it would cause.
Most of you are probably feeling a level of loss of control in your lives. It may come from a financial problems, broken relationships, illness, loss of job…. Is there anything that you can do? Yes, there is! "Be still!"
How is it that we can "be still" when life seems out of control? We can be still because there is never a micro-second in time that our heavenly Father is not totally in control of every aspect of our lives. We can "be still" because though it may seem that our lives are out of control, they are never out of His control.
Yet to most of us theologian types, who cognitively understand the doctrine of the sovereignty of God, don't debater whether He is in control, but rather struggle with the fact that we are not in control. We love to be in control! We want life to go the way that we want it. Thus when the storms of life come our way, we get upset because we lose control and we get upset at God because He let it happen. As a result we are not only stressed out over the loss of control, but we are mad at God too! There is definitely no stillness at that point!
Thus when the hurricanes of life hit and life goes out of control, take the time to confess your own personal control problem and then rest in the fact that you are a child of the Sovereign God who works all circumstances for your good! Does it feel like your life is sliding out of control? Take a few minutes, grab your Bible and meditate on Romans 8 and Psalm 34. Then spend some time in worship by singing the great old hymn "Be Still My Soul."
Be still my soul: the Lord is on they side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still my soul: thy best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways lead to a joyful end.
Be still my soul: thy God doth undertake.
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul: the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still my soul: the hour is hasting on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, loves purest joys restored.
Be still my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet again!