I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Blog A Schedule and the Truth About Control

I like having my days scheduled. Not entirely, of course, but I do like to make lists, so I know what to focus on each day. At this point in my life, I have a pretty good idea how much energy I have and can plan accordingly. There is so much of my life that I cannot control, I relish the control I do have. Yet, life doesn’t often follow my plan.

I get unexpected phone calls. Some days I don’t feel well. In fact, many things in life take away control. There is the blizzard years ago that was so bad our daughter Cassie and her classmates had to spend the night at the middle school. Our high school son Chris made it safely to a friend’s house. Keith a counselor at YRTC at the time was forced to stay at work. Some had phone service. Some could only call out or in. I had phone service and made calls to let family know where their loved ones were. I let our dog into the house, and I spent the night, without power, with our dog and cat. Schedules all over the area were disrupted.

We like to think we’re in control, but it only takes a blizzard, health crisis or unexpected loss to show us, we don’t have all that much control over our lives–no matter how much we plan. It is during those times, I realize all my efforts can turn to ashes in a single moment.

It is also during those times, I am glad I am not alone. Those times force me to turn to the only one who knows both my past and my future, and yours. It is during times of crisis, I bow my head and relinquish my way to God’s. It is also during times of crisis I realize I need to be talking to Jesus not only when my world is rocked, but also daily. It is acknowledging God is in control of life itself. He knows. When I follow Him, my plans may be toast and the way may not be always roses, but Jesus promises to walk beside and never let me go.

That provides the incentive to foster my relationship with Him every day, to know Him, to learn to listen to and trust Him. Then when those difficult times come, it is not hard to turn to my Savior and Friend knowing He’ll see me through if I follow that simple but difficult idiom, “Let go and let God.”

That’s also a good way to start each day.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

                –Psalm 55:22  

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