I run into trouble when I try too hard to control the outcome
of every situation and wear myself out trying to make things
happen the way I think they should. Sometimes I wonder about
the opportunities that I have missed or think that I have missed.
But I look back and see all the wonderful deeds God has done
in my life, most of which I had not planned nor set out to do. I
couldn’t have planned them or made them happen had I tried.
This should tell me something.
As I was driving home from my friend’s funeral, I reflected on
all the unforeseen joy, wonder, and wisdom that he had brought
me and which continue to guide my decisions and actions.
Then I resolved in the days to come to do my best to live a life
marked not by control but by trust — trust in God and trust that
God knows what God is doing in my life and in the lives of those
around me. If the pattern of my life and the lives described in
scripture are any indication, I can know that even when the road
gets tough, God is working something wonderful within me. I will
encounter it around the next corner, seemingly out of nowhere.
Several meditations in this issue address relinquishing
control to God — especially in unexpected and trying circumstances. You may want to read again the meditations for
September 1, 2, 9, 13, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, and 29, and October
4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 16, 24, 25, and 26 before responding to the reflection
Questions for Reflection:
1. Name one person in your life who has played an import-
ant role in your Christian journey. How and when did
you and this person meet? In what ways has he or she
influenced and shaped your life?
2. Recall an unexpected “twist” or
“turn” you have taken. What was
occurring in your life at the time?
In what ways did this event affect
the direction of your life?
— Andrew Garland Breeden