In today’s post to his blog, Jack’s Winning Words, Pastor Freed used this quote – “I’m telling you, things are getting out of hand. Or maybe I’m discovering that things were never in my hand.” (Gordon Atkinson)
For many, if not most, the situation that we find ourselves in right now is a humbling experience that demonstrates to us how little we really control in life. For a few, this leads to frustration and anger. You see them yelling and demonstrating on the news shows, all without masks, or you see them congregating in groups, again without taking any precautions.
We are tempted to ask, “who’s in charge here”, but we already know the answer – God is in charge. The only things that we have any control over is how we react to what is happening. It is that realization that allows us to revisit our faith and put our trust back in God. That is not to say that we can then act stupidly and go out without taking precautions, just that we revisit the faith that allows us to say , “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
Once you gain (or regain) the insight that you are not in control of the situation that you find yourself in, no matter what you do, you can move on to focusing upon the things you can control – your reactions to it. Taking steps to decrease your personal exposure is the first things that you can do – staying home, washing your hands and practicing social distancing when out. If you are able physically and financially, another thing you can do is to help others – volunteer to shop for food or necessities for someone, volunteer to mow the lawn for someone who cannot do it for himself or herself, help load up and distribute food at a local food bank – many people need help.
Some who have the skills and tools to do so have made masks and other PPE for use by essential workers and others. Others may have organized efforts to make PPE or to collect and distribute food. Many have at least made and displayed signs of support for essential workers. All of these people have taken charge of themselves and decided to do something, rather than just sit around complaining or feeling sorry for himself or herself.
So, who’s in charge here?
God and you – in that order. Give God a hand and take charge of yourself. He’s got a enough to do right now.
That’s one of my favorite petitions from the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done…ON EARTH!” Let’s keep on praying that!