I quit watching the news at least 10 years ago in a way that’s similar to my lifelong pattern of refusing to hop on the scale: If I don’t know, I can pretend it’s not happening.
But sometimes reality gets to the point that I can’t zip my pants, or continue to ignore the state of the world because it’s bursting right through my protective bubble. Then what?
Once we see the way things really are, we’ve got choices.
We can continue to slam our eyes closed to the truth (as in the case of my ever-shrinking pants), or acknowledge it. But acknowledging requires action. And again a choice must be made: Do I just get mad at the “powers that be,” rant, and point fingers at everyone else? Or do I step up and do something?
In my late teens, convinced that I would be the one who would do something, I decoupaged a quote onto a piece of wood that then hung in my kitchen for years:
I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
The author was either Helen Keller or Edward Everett Hale; I’ve seen it attributed to both. But I didn’t care who said it. I just wanted to claim it for my life.
There have been times when I have, other times when it’s been all about me. But either way, I’ve placed myself at the center of it—either doing or not doing—forgetting, more often than not, that there’s this big, all-knowing, all-capable God who is watching over it all.
Today’s InTouch devotional shocked me into re-remembering. So much so that I felt compelled to include two different Bible passages in my SAP for the day:
Daniel 2:20-21: “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.”
Proverbs 21:1: “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.”
Sometimes I still forget who is in charge of it all.
God either causes things to happen, or He allows things to happen. There is nothing beyond His control. Less than honorable people grabbing power, lives tragically broken, a grandchild with an awful disease. I may not understand it, or like it, but I trust the One who has the divine plan that will make use of every bit of it.
I trust that He can replace kings, change hearts and cure diseases in an instant if He so chooses.
And if He doesn’t—as hard as is to remember at times—I trust that He’s got something better in mind.
Father, thank You for the peace that comes over me when I remember that You are holding all of this—from world events to the trials that affect my own loved ones—in Your always-loving hands.
And thank You for reminding me through today’s devotional of the song that I now can’t get out of my head: “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” You do. I know that. Don’t let me forget when things feel uncertain and out of control.
Some days the something that I want to do is to simply give it over to You, and to keep singing through it all. Thank You for that being enough. Amen.