You Are Not In Control

I dialed 911 as fast as I could.  My shaking fingers caused me to misdial – 9111 and 9911.  Finally, I pressed 911 and send; the phone rang and rang with no answer.  I panicked.  How could no one answer 911?!   Someone was breaking into my friend’s front door as we were standing in the opened garage on the side of the house.

Suddenly, the robber jiggled the handle of the door entering the garage.  I stepped behind the house and frantically dialed 911 again.  All of the sudden, I looked down and realized that I had almost stumbled off of a high ledge down a steep hill.  I quickly peeked my head around the corner, ran to the front of the house and jumped in a red convertible in search of the police.

After finding a policeman, quickly explaining the details, and requesting back-up, the policeman nonchalantly walked to his police car.  I picked up the phone to dial 911 once more as I was leading the policeman back to the house.  Suddenly the Lord spoke to my spirit, “Why did you not ask me to protect you?  I am the one that keeps you safe.”  He took me back in my memory to when I almost fell off the ledge to remind me that he had been protecting me even when I didn’t realize it.

I woke up, paralyzed with that question on repeat: “Why did you not ask me to protect you?  I am the one that keeps you safe.”

In the dream, my friend whose house was getting broken into and the police officer did not seem the least bit concerned about the incident, so I felt an overwhelming desire to take matters into my own hands. If no one else was going to control the situation, then I had to do so.

As I pondered the meaning of this dream, I knew that the Lord wanted me to know that I AM NOT IN CONTROL.  It is not my responsibility to control every detail of life.  To say that no one else is taking control is to ignore the fact that God is intimately involved in the details of our life.

In Proverbs 19:21 it says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  He carried my thoughts higher…away from the details of daily living to the big picture of His kingdom, away from the fragility of our human plans to the stability of His sovereignty, away from my striving questions to the abiding rest that exists in His truth.

We were born in the last days for “such a time as this” to live in continual communication with God and to project the byproducts of this abiding relationship- unafraid faith and boldness.  There is a particular purpose for which God has designed you and me.   I have yet to discover it in its entirety.  How comforting it is to know that He is working even when we are unaware.

The Lord grounds us by commanding us to fix our eyes on the things above.

set-mind-on-things-aboveWhen we see from an aerial view, all of the other stuff – budgeting, fighting kids, lesson plans, dinner plans, Christmas lists – take a backseat.  We are able to breathe deeply because we are reminded that Christ has always been in the front seat right beside us.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matt. 6:10

 

Love,

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