• Jill Jarrell Newsome

God's Got This

As I sit in the hospital and wait to hear what "the plan" is I could and do get frustrated with the many changes. You would think after being stranded in Portland last week and that being the only way that I was able to get to my mother in the hospital that I would just trust God! I know a lot of us in the past week are used to saying, "I'm not sure I should know something in the next few days." This is difficult for us. With the resources God has given us we are used to getting what we want right then.

Mom, Sarah and I would love to know when we will get to leave the hospital. When and where Sarah can fly out of. If we will be able to get home. All of this is completely out of my control. Every time I have to make a decision on behalf of Mom I am afraid I will mess things up so I just ask God to be in charge and guide us. Every night when I say her prayers with her we ask God to be in charge and let us find our way in His way. We have had to do that with leaving the ICU, rehab facilities, transport, etc. We are trusting God! It takes the stress out of making a decision. God's got this!

Our response to these stressful times reveals to what degree we trust God. Some people would say we need to take control and use our resources. Others would say we should wait for God to work. I think we should do both. We find ourselves busy making plans and forget God may have an opinion. We must know that God has a plan and that His timing, His design, and His way is better than anything we could come up with!

God wants to bless His people! If we do not live by faith we will not understand how God is waiting to pour His graciousness on us. He made us vulnerable so that we would regularly call Him for help. When people wait for God they have confidence in His goodness.

Our lives will always be filled with interruptions, inconveniences, frustrations, etc. While they may catch us off guard they do not catch God off guard. These events will not be wasted or meaningless. These interruptions remind us that we don't have life figured out and we cannot do it alone. God will use these times to change us to be more like Christ. We can consider them acts of God. He makes us see that we need Him every moment of the day!

We have all heard, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!” I don't think God's laughter is malicious. I think he is shaking his head wondering why we thought we could be the pilot in the first place! Proverbs 16 is filled with verses about who is in charge. One of my favorites is Proverbs 16: 9, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." We have to remember God is in the business of changing our plans for something much better than anything we could hope for!

Is your life filled with interruptions? Do you see God’s hand at work in them?


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