“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
In what, or in who, do you put your trust?
There are some who find that the only thing that they can trust, the only thing that gives them the feeling of security they crave, is for them to have as much as possible in their control. But the problem is that with all the control a single person can exert there’s still a vast ocean of people and circumstances out of their sphere of influence.
I hate to be late and it drives me crazy to have my best efforts to be on time still result in my being late.
About twenty years ago our family had made plans to meet with another family from church and drive more than an hour away to do some shopping in Syracuse, New York. At that time only our two daughters had been born, and Morgaine was just a baby, and Taylor was an active two year old. And you know how it is when you’re preparing to spend the day away with two small children, there’s a lot of preparations you have to make to get the kids ready, in addition to getting yourself ready. Well, on this day it seemed like everything that good happen to make the preparations as slow as possible was happening. By the time we’d finally gotten everyone dressed, bottles made, diaper bags packed and loaded, and everyone buckled into their seats we were running more than fifteen minutes late.
Some of you are thinking, “Fifteen minutes? Shoot, that’s no big deal. We usually run much later than that.”
My answer to you is, “Yes, I’ve noticed. I love you anyway.”
But back to my story. Finally, out of the house we made our way across the hills and down the winding country roads of upstate New York to pick up our friends. Coming to the end of a long curving descent we enter a little village and came upon the accident.
A dump truck had apparently taken the curve to fast and had rolled onto its side and had pushed a station wagon across a yard and into a house. We knew that it had only happen a few minutes before because no police, ambulances, or firemen were there yet. We realized that if we’d left our house when we’d planned we could have very well been caught in that accident as well.
Friends, in the midst of all the preferences we have in the way we choose to live our lives we need to always remember to give ultimate trust and control to God. Nothing is beyond his sovereignty, and nothing takes him by surprise. He can work his will and demonstrate is care through mighty miracles or through the simplicity of dirty bottles and lost shoes and pacifiers.
With David let’s all say today, “We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” Psalm 20:5