I ultimately believe that God is in control of everything that happens. Even when I face tragedy or when bad things happen, God is overseeing the situation. He is sovereign. When I did a Google search on the word “sovereign”, I found these words in its definition: supreme, unlimited, unrestricted, and infinite. Simply put…. God is in control.
It’s been well over a year since the passing of my mother. In my opinion, there’s nothing like the loss of a loved one, especially when it’s your immediate family. My mother, my first friend, had closed her eyes to this world. That was a day the world stood still for me. At a loss for what to say or what to do, I just felt so alone. The burning question was how am I going to get through this?
In the following weeks and months, I became filled with so much disappointment. I replayed the question, “God, are you sure it was her time?” over and over in my head. I was for certain she had another 10 years on her earthly clock. But that was not the will of the Lord. Because her passing was untimely to me, I was completely blindsided. My mother didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, no drugs, enjoyed walking, and no diseases but God saw fit in his infinite wisdom to call her unto eternal rest. Talking about being baffled! I thought God had made a mistake.
My mind constantly ran back to the beautiful memories of my sweet mother. And I wanted to stay in those flashbacks as long as possible. If it was possible to pack up from the present to live in the past, I would it instantly. Because I could no longer spend time with her anymore, reliving the happy, fun times brought much peace. I longed for God to turn back the hands of time to ease my yearning to be in her presence again. Knowing perfectly well, I couldn’t live in the past, I often wondered when I would get off this emotional rollercoaster.
After some time had passed, I finally exited my emotional rollercoaster. I can not pinpoint the exact date on the calendar but I can recall feeling an overwhelming peace from within. One day, in a moment of stillness, these words came to me, “Let God be God”. I had to simply trust that God knew exactly what He was doing. From that day forward, the weight of heavy mourning was lifted. Now, I could hold my head up and rejoice because I had chosen to accept God was in control. And that my mother’s passing was not a surprise to Him. It was her time to receive eternal rest in the Lord.
There are mysteries of God that mankind will never fully understand on this side of Heaven. (Death being one of them.) Some people dislike the fact that God can do what He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. God is sovereign; therefore, He is not answerable to anyone. If I declared God was in control before any calamity, undoubtedly, He’s in control during and after the trouble because the situation doesn’t change His position of being in control.
As believers, our faith will be tested. The more we know of His’ Word which explains His character, the more confidence we will have in His’ ability of being in control. Then we can stand firm and not allow trouble to change what we know about God. We can’t only believe God is God when everything is well. But let God be God over every facet of our lives… in the good times and the bad times. God does whatever He pleases. (Period)
Ponder these few declarations the Bible makes about God.
- Psalm 115:3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all he pleases.
- Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and that there is none else.
- Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
- Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
- Revelations 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
From time to time, we’re going to struggle with letting God be God. That’s why it’s so crucial to read God’s word to be reminded of who He is. In wanting God’s will to be done, we can’t turnaround and then supervise how His’ will should be done. Relax. Let God be God.