As I write this, I don’t know how my day will go. May I say that I hate missing work? I hate not being here, I hate letting people down, I hate not meeting with people, but yesterday (and possibly today), I may have to. Something’s going on with my stomach, and I hate it because I’m not able to function and serve as I ought to. It’s times like this that I have a staunch and steadfast reminder: I am not in control, nor am I supposed to be. I am disappointed because I am sick. That’s not for me to decide! I have to ride it out, and then move forward after!
In the same way, all of life is like that, isn’t it? We’re trying to take control, and feel out of control, but we’re like Jesus’ disciples on the boat in a storm while He’s sleeping at the bow! We’re crying out “Lord, don’t you love us?” And He rebukes the wind and the waves…and then us, saying “You of little faith, why do you doubt?” Life is not about being in control. It’s about trusting the one who is in control. It’s about letting go of our wants, wishes and desires, and submitting it all to Christ. We need to pursue Jesus with al that we are and HE will make all things right. And sometimes, He leads us in to a storm, and it’s about trusting Him to get us through the other side. So let go. Trust in God. Give your control to the One who knows how to use it.
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.