2/16/13

Lent

Remember Twila Paris? Please take a moment and listen to this song. Then let me welcome you to my childhood.

I have always known that God is in control. I have always believed that God is in control. But it's pretty easy to walk along and live your own life, knowing and believing that God is in control, all the while making your own decisions and doing your own thing.

Then something happens that you did not plan. Maybe it's bad, like somebody dies or breaks up with you or you lose your job. And you're forced to face the reality that you are completely dependent on God. That your life is not your own.

For me, it's not what I've been losing but what I keep being given.

Being given something you did not expect can be just as difficult to trust God with as when you lose something you did not expect.

I was thinking yesterday morning about the job I have, the relationships I have, the life I have. They are all vastly different than I ever imagined. And God keeps giving me things, and I keep saying, "I did not ask for this," and He keeps saying, "Trust Me with it."

Being given something makes you just as dependent on God as when you lose something.

This is why I love that it is Lent. It's a season specifically designed to show us how dependent we are on God. And I take so much comfort in knowing that the One who is in control of my life is completely and wholly trustworthy. It's only when we completely depend on Him that He is able to show Himself dependable.

Cling to Him.
"While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 'This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."'" Jeremiah 33:1-3 NIV84