Who’s in charge around here?

Psalm 46:1–2

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

Matthew 28:18

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

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Seldom do I want to accuse God of doing it all wrong, but there are times when his rule and reign are not aligned with my personal convenience. Whether it has to do with the challenges at church of flooded buildings, or the realities of health issues of one kind or another, not all situations I face are easy or pleasant. Add to that my earnest prayer for God’s mercy and help that seems to make things worse, and you might understand my discouragement.

But I digress. Just recently I was thinking of my own unworthiness and failures in regard to my now almost 93 year old mother. When we walked into her room at the Lutheran Home where she lives her immediate reaction was a tear or two. They were tears of joy, but I knew that they were tears of pain as well. She’s all alone in Cape. My sister lives 4 1/2 hours away. I live even farther away. Our sister who used to live in Cape died just over five years ago. She has friends there, and excellent care. But I know she’s lonely for her husband and our dad, Louis, and our sisters, Barbara and Kathy. I was very moved when I saw her tears that day, remembering how I added to her pain in my high school and college years. I was pretty self-centered.

That said, I’m wondering if I’ve got it all correct in my assessment of how things are going these days; my assessment of how God is doing running the universe.

I may not always experience pleasant things in life. And sometimes my prayers may be answered in ways other than I ask (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10). But God’s word instructs, confronts, comforts, and promises me that God is our refuge and strength. Jesus does have all authority in heaven and on earth. Whatever may happen, I want to rely on that with a good and pure heart. And in so relying, find true peace and courage.

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