I lived in Wyoming during my teenage and young adult years. Time after time our plans would change suddenly when the snow began to fall. School trips were cancelled. Weekend shopping excursions cut short. Many times I found myself held captive by the weather – disappointed. Frustrated. Unfairly dealt with. Angry.
At the first opportunity as a newlywed, my husband and I jumped ship and moved out of state. I admit that at the time, I was thinking the move would help me take control of my schedule. I was tired of weather that dictated my plans! I wanted to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it!
My first mistake was in thinking that Kansas would be a place where I would find freedom from weather’s rule – talk about a control freak! When severe weather in Kansas would take control, I’d freak! After spending season after tornado season in the hallway with a mattress over my head, I began to realize that despite my best efforts, there are simply some things I have no control over.
Actually, make that a lot of things…
King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 8:8-9 says that:
“No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. No one can stop a battle in its tracks. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is.”
Weather. War. Evil. Death. Our children’s choices. The actions of others.
As long as men and women have the power to choose, I may fall victim to their poor choices. As long as God is God all by Himself, I won’t be calling the shots when it comes to snowfall or sundown.
The real challenge for me is to Want What I’ve Got when it isn’t what I had planned for today. To accept snow packed roads where I wanted dry pavement. To be okay with changing plans because I can’t control the hand of God or the minds of the people I’m doing life with. To be able to act on these strong words from Paul when those around me suffer delusions of control:
“When you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.” (I Corinthians 10:14)
Today – Want What You’ve Got when you sit down with others, or get out of their company as fast as you can. You may not be able to control the weather, but you can control who benefits from the gift of your time.
Daily Questions: What are you fighting to control that isn’t up to you? Who in your life helps to fuel these illusions of control? How can you take the first step toward wanting what you’ve got when it’s God who’s in control? When other people’s choices remove your power to choose?