The one thing

“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” – Alice in Wonderland 

“As the world goes, right is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” — Thucydides, The Peloponesian War, Book V, section 89

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2: 15-17

I get the morning email from the Huff Post, which gathers the top stories of the day. Wednesday’s email was especially notable for all the ways it did what most media does – highlighted the bad. Ted Cruz out of the running leaving two candidates who aren’t entirely liked by their own party, “medical errors now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,” 35 million airbags recalled by another car dealer, unstoppable fire in Canada. In a nut shell, it demonstrated some of the great worldly powers failing us.

W e tend to remove ourselves from these “external” factors unless they are directly affecting us – we pray and we empathize, but we continue on with our lives. Even when the world is falling apart, it’s comforting to think we at least have our life and our family.

But we know we don’t even control that. We know we have not overcome the powers of the world which can quickly take away what we have. Heck, there are many points where we can’t even control our own minds and bodies. 

It’s ironic how the more we depend on the world and try to control it, the more miserable we get. We become frustrated and hurt and hopeless. 

What a weight is lifted of our shoulders when we remember this isn’t it. The God we trust has sent His son to overcome the world. We are not responsible to fix it all, but rather to take things day by day, trusting that He has got us. He is holding us and taking us to a place far beyond our imaginations. Our faith is the one thing we can control. He is the one thing on which we can depend. 

Let’s let go of the human desire to cling to control. Bask in a lighter load. Trust that He’s got us grounded even when the world spins out of control.

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