The Fog of Control

Today I have come intimately aware of how disturbed and flat out angry I can be when I have no control over circumstances and situations. Be it the government agencies saying there is nothing to do to solve their mistake other than wait, or the line at the grocery store that moves oh too slow, the fuse is lit and man it is a burning sensation!

Pair this reality on the personal level to the collective level, and the lack of control we have over our own security and harmony in the world and it feels like we are simply lost in a fog wandering until we hit something concrete.

In the fog I can’t decipher which way I am to go or what lies ahead and that can be unsettling when I am trusting in my control for comfort and purpose in life.

There is another way. It might still feel like fog on occasion but what we can’t see doesn’t scare us in the same way.  We can be given great clues of how we are to live and it really is the source of harmony.

Now, you are reading a pastor’s blog so of course I am going to point you to Jesus. But seriously, think about it, we are called into faith to be under the Lordship, the purpose, direction and care, of Jesus. And this is comforting and very invigorating because he is actually in full control. Holding all things together and calling us to trust him.

The author of Hebrews tells us this about Jesus:”He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3 ESV).

He is God, and he sustains the universe (not just your little world) by the word of his power. He is utterly in control. He sits on the throne of heaven after having accomplished the ‘it is finished’ on the cross and reigns over all. Now. In this very moment. And his promises are true, to work all things for our good, to keep us, to give our lives purpose.

I wonder if sometimes the fog of loss of control is meant to push us toward the One truly in control. To make it easier for us to recognize our idolatry, our attempts at being God ourselves, and to bring us into the place of trust.

I don’t know what your fog is today, but I know you are invited to rest in the arms of the One who knows his way and has determined yours. Turn to Jesus.

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