I believe that God is sovereign. I believe in His complete and total independent control over every circumstance, event, person, and creature at every moment in time through history.
God is in control of the big things and the little things. Sometimes it is easier to trust Him in the big things because there is nothing else to do but lean on Him. Sometimes in life things happen that are so out of our control that all we can do it turn to God and ask for his help and strength.
It can be easy to say to other people, “Just pray about it.” or “God is in control” or “Trust God to take care of you.” But when it comes time for the testing and the trials in my own life, sometime it is hard to see what God is doing.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
A while ago a friend of mine got a diagnosis of Leukemia. She was a single mom with a young son the same age as my daughter. She had so much faith that God was in control. She would even say that if she ended up dying from the cancer that she knew that there was a reason for it and that God had a plan. Last year she lost her battle with cancer and went to Heaven. I think about her all the time. She was such a great example of trusting that even if God didn’t choose to heal her from the cancer He was going to help her through the cancer.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
I pray all the time. I pray for big things and little things. No problem is too big or little to bring to God. God has answered my prayers! I have not always appreciated the answers, but despite that I have seen Him work through these hard times in my life.
I often pray for things such as:
“I don’t know where I am going and I am already running late! Please help me to not get lost or stuck in traffic.”
“Give me strength and patience to be the mother that my children deserve.”
“Help me to be kind and have a sweet spirit today.”
“Please help me to find a good parking spot”.
“Keep me safe as I drive my kids to and from school.”
“Guide my hands to get this IV on the first try.”
“Please give me an opportunity to be an encouragement to someone today.”
“Give me strength to not eat a Klondike bar because I know that there are still 3 in the freezer and I love them so much.”
“Please uncloud my judgment so that I will not compare myself to others.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Life is unpredictable. Bad things happen to good people. Friends and family members get sick, get cancer, and sometimes die. Knowing that I can leave all my worries and my fears with God, I don’t have to carry them alone, I don’t always have to be in control, give me such comfort. Knowing that God is sovereign gives me peace.
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
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