A few weeks ago we were headed to a wedding. Traffic stopped ahead, but our car didn’t. Our son was saying, “Careful! Careful!” as my mind tried to figure out why we were still moving. A water bottle had slipped from the seat and lodged underneath the brake. The bottle shifted, the car stopped, and before long we reached our destination. But I was reminded once again that we are never in control.
Yes, I know. Water bottles belong in cup holders, and mine will be carefully stowed there from now on. Still, we are NEVER in control. Even if we take every possible precaution as to health and safety, we can’t guarantee our own security. Tucked into bed in some quiet corner of the world, we are still vulnerable. An earthquake, a tornado, a ruptured aneurism, a heart attack: a host of life-changing or life-ending events remain real possibilities despite our efforts to forestall them.
So, what do we do? We trust and obey. Can you hear that great old hymn in the background of your brain? “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” John H. Sammis. Awesome theology to a delightful tune. You can read all the lyrics here.
Check out Psalm 100. Our Lord loves us, and he is faithful! If our situation seems “safe,” we trust him. If the storm comes and we suffer loss, we trust him. And to the best of our ability, we do things his way. If we were sick, we would listen to our doctors. If we were lost in the jungle, we would happily follow an expert guide, should one appear. We serve the Great Physician. We have an all-knowing Guide. Obedience to our loving Lord is simply logical. Why would we want to live outside of his plan?
Someday the car may not stop. The tornado may strike. Even then we can be sure that God is there. He loves us, he sees the big picture, and he is in control.
Psalm 100: 3-5 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;give thanks to him and praise his name.For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;his faithfulness continues through all generations.