by Loran Kinley
Want to know what my least favorite thing in the world is? Anticipation. I HATE not knowing what is going to happen. Yes, I am that person in the movie theater, reading the Wikipedia entry about the plot to find out what is going to happen. I can’t handle the suspense. (Although, I am very proud of myself for successfully making it all the way through BOTH seasons of Stranger Things without reading any spoilers – that is a first for me.)
I’ve never enjoyed being the recipient of surprise parties. I would rather be integrally involved in the planning and preparation. And don’t even get me started on our recent house sale efforts. Not knowing exactly what is going to happen and when it is going to happen is slowly driving me insane (it’s still for sale… tell your friends!). If only I had a crystal ball that could tell me exactly if and when it will sell… that would really help things right now.
But I don’t have a crystal ball. So, I agonize over every showing and let the questions and uncertainty take over my mind. Did they like it? Will they make an offer? Why haven’t we heard anything back yet? It is so hard to let go of the worrying because sometimes I feel like it’s the only control I have over the situation.
But in reality, what I do have is the knowledge that God is in complete control. God sees the full picture. While things may not make sense now and feel they’re taking forever, I need to remember that everything will work out in His perfect timing. Maybe that means my house will sell tomorrow. Maybe it won’t sell at all. I need to focus the energy I spend worrying on meditating on God’s word and the promises He makes to us.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
He doesn’t promise that everything is going to work out exactly how we want it, but he does promise that He will give us peace that surpasses understanding if we trust Him and His timing.
I don’t think this means that I will ever enjoy surprise parties or particularly suspenseful movies, but it does give me the ability to better cope with unknowns and stressful situations I’m not in control of. What a wonderful thing it is to know that we have a Savior who is in complete control!