Job 42:2 - I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.
I open the door and slide in behind the steering wheel. I start my car and begin driving to my destination. Everything is going fine, as I drive down a straight section of the road, but then an unexpected curve comes into view and I can feel my car start to skid. Soon I find myself off the roadway and heading towards a tree. I step on my breaks trying to get the car back under control, but it’s too late. I manage to avoid the tree only to end up careening down the hillside.
This can be the story of your life. You think you’re doing okay going down that easy straight patch, but then a curve comes out of nowhere such as an accident leaving you disabled, a diagnosis of cancer, or a loved one being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
There’s also just the simple one that I’m going through right now. I placed a call to my physician’s office and left a message for them to call me back only to be waiting over two hours with no call. I guess you could say that my patience is being tested. So this frustrating thing can become something to make me stronger if I will allow it to.
So how do I deal with the pit in my stomach feeling when things are beyond my control? The article, “9 Things to do When you Feel Like Life is Getting out of Control,” on bustle.com may give you some ideas such as taking some time to be alone.
My favorite way to deal with feeling like I'm losing control is to pray and meditate on Bible verses. When I pray my focus goes away from what's causing me to feel like I'm losing control and back onto seeing that God is in control.
Everyone feels stressed out from time-to-time. Select one or more of the suggestions in the article above and see those out of control feelings float down stream.
Also, don’t forget that nothing takes God by surprise. There is no curve in the road that he doesn’t know is there.
As the Bible verse above says, none of God’s plans can be thwarted. He does as he pleases and no one can change what he started. So the next time you feel out of control when facing that curve, know that God’s already gone before you. He will calm you and get your car back on the road. And nothing is going to change that.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.