Friday, February 15, 2013

So You Really Think You're In Charge...?

Today, two stories have dominated headlines across the world. First, a surprise...over Central Russia a 10-ton meteor travelling at approximately 33,000 mph streaked across the sky. As it entered the earth's atmosphere it disintegrated, shattered into pieces, creating a massive shockwave (explosion). That shockwave, took a few minutes to reach earth but when it did it caused windows all over the area to explode, the broken glass injuring over 1000 people. (Read about it/video here).

Secondly, in apparently an unrelated event, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 that scientists have been tracking for awhile is passing very close to earth right now...(only 17,100 miles away). This is just one of many asteroids that scientists/astronomers are tracking that have a potential to hit earth. What would happen if it did hit earth? Nobody knows for sure, but it would be a big deal. This particular asteroid is 50-meters wide. An asteroid this size would likely explode in the air...good...except when it exploded it would release the energy of 187 atomic bombs...bad. Especially if it just so happened to explode over a densely populated area. Consider one asteroid we know of...in 1908 an asteroid exploded just a few miles above earth. Even though it technically didn't strike solid ground, the airburst obliterated an estimated 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles.

What's my point, you ask? Let's start here...

"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." (James 4:13-14)

Most of my Christian life can be boiled down to one over-arching struggle. Control. I want to be in control, and God wants to be in control. Me being in control is at best an illusion; God being in control is the only safe place. When I sin, it's because I've wrestled control from Him. However, when I am closest to Him, obeying Him, loving Him, worshipping Him, it's because I'm letting Him be in control, just saying "yes Lord, lead me, whatever you ask, I will do."

I just read about a pro-athlete who got traded to another team. He was shocked he had been traded, mainly because 2 days before he got traded, the General Manager of the team, (the one who traded him), told him he should by a house and settle down because he was going to be there a long time. Two days later that same GM traded him. He had no idea.

Most of us have no idea what tomorrow holds. There are any number of incredibly good things, or incredibly bad things that we might face. So where can we find comfort and peace in a world of growing uncertainty?

You know the answer. The challenge remains the same...the wisest man who ever lived put it this way;

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Not easy, necessarily, not always fun, not always happy, but straight. In a world that is in many ways spiraling more and more "out of control," one thing remains the same. God loves...oh how He loves. He loves you, He loves me, He loves to save and rescue, and He wants to lead you.

I leave you with this...

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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