As most of us enter this week and the weeks to come, we are walking in uncharted territory. Some of us find ourselves suddenly working from home, never before having navigated a home office and what it means to not be able to physically separate our professional and personal lives.
Many of you mothers are now homeschooling your children and possibly even balancing that with your job. Perhaps even your spouse is working from home, and as you live and work quite literally on top of each other, you – like the rest of us – are being pulled into something very new and very foreign.
So what do we do with it all? How do we accept these forced changes with grace and keep moving forward, despite the fear and uncertainty lurking in the backs of our minds?
The more we pondered the reality of this question, the more we realized that our lives on this planet are completely and always uncertain. We are not promised tomorrow, let alone 5 minutes from now. We are not offered guarantees or promises of comfortable living, financial freedom, job security, or health.
It’s in times like these that the reality of our inability to control floats to the surface and we’re forced to deal with what that actually means. We can embrace it one of two ways: fight against it or surrender to it.
When You Fight to Control:
If you find yourself feeling unraveled and unhinged due to the lack of security you’re facing, it’s likely you’re fighting against your lack of control. Maybe you haven’t stopped to realize that you actually hold zero control when it comes to your life and your circumstances – you never have.
This can be a little scary to accept and admit, but choosing to fight against it only causes chaos within us. You see, you will face uncertainty throughout your life on a regular basis – there will be times when it feels like everything is falling apart and you’re working over time just to hold what you can together.
But love, this is not your job.
It’s not your job to hold things together. It’s not your job to make others fit into the mold you desire. It’s not your job to ensure things go “according to plan.” As much as our planning and preparedness can help us reach efficiency in our lives for the times when things don’t come completely unhinged, our plans aren’t always part of THE greater, grander plan – HIS plan.
And you know what? His plan is so much better than our own. The key is, we must be willing to trust Him if we’re going to take part in the blessing He’s already laid out for us.
When You Surrender Control
Surrender doesn’t just happen naturally. It’s an act of will and something we have to choose intentionally day after day, and even moment by moment.
Surrender is two-fold. First we must admit that we don’t have control, but that the Almighty God does. We have to admit that His way is the only way and His way has our very best interests at heart.
Second, we must choose to embrace God’s will, even when it doesn’t line up with our own. Even if it means approaching a season of weariness or uncertainty with thanksgiving while we sit and wait for answers. Even if it means accepting a “no” or a “not yet” when we have our hearts set on something very specific.
Embracing God’s will means accepting that God’s way is better than our own and even if we don’t understand it, we will choose to praise and give thanks along the way.
His Word tells us, “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (MSG)
And love, in case you haven’t heard it today, you are BRAVE… and not by your own efforts, but because He who has called you goes WITH you and He promises to never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Don’t just take our word for it – the Bible is full of God’s promises and examples of when He brought His children through a storm they couldn’t tackle on their own.
An Example Through the Life of Joshua
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Joshua, he was essentially assigned this massive undertaking of continuing what Moses had started through his leading of the Israelites.
Not only was this an incredible honor, but it must have been equally terrifying! He most certainly battled fear that he wasn’t strong enough, smart enough, old enough, qualified enough, and definitely didn’t have the buy-in that Moses had with the people.
Can you imagine the feelings of fear and excitement that must have been rushing through his mind and heart?
But then there’s these verses in Deuteronomy 31:7-8. It says, “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’”
And there it is. A promise from a God whose Word stands firm forever and ever.
He will go before you and will be with you.
We want to remind you that whatever God has assigned to you for this time on this day – whatever place or space you find yourself in – God is near. We may not fully grasp the why or see our way out of the chaos, but God does, and He promised to go ahead of us, never leave us, or abandon us.
It’s Time to Choose
The truth is, whether or not you fight to control or surrender control, HE WILL HAVE HIS WAY. So, you’re either going to be pushed aside kicking and screaming like an overtired toddler, or He will ask you to be part of what He’s doing.
Don’t you want to be part of something bigger than yourself?
It’s time to hold tight to His promises as you trust, seek, and wait on the Lord in surrender.
Love, It’s time to be BRAVE.