Easter was great, spring is here, and spring break is over. Does anyone else feel in a weird spot until we reach summer? In conversations I’ve had with both students and adults these past few days, it seems as though many feel stuck in this stressful and busy season. Whatever you are facing this week, let me take a few moments to encourage you that God is control. Paul writes in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” If God works all things for good in the end, then if it’s not good, it’s not the end. Take courage and remember that God is working His plan in and through your life. Paul doesn’t say that everything IS good, but that God works together for good. Trust in God’s plan. Persevere through whatever you’re facing. Know that God’s in control. Here are 6 daily reminders that God is in control.
Reminder #1 – You sleep, God doesn’t.
No matter who you are or how productive you are, everyone needs sleep. Shouldn’t it say something that our bodies need to be sleeping for a third of each day in order to function properly for the other two-thirds? Psalm 121:4 says, “Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” I’m going to take a wild guess and say that if you’re reading this post you woke up this morning. Guess what? The world is still here, and God is still in control. We need sleep, but God does not. He has everything under control.
Reminder #2 – Sunrises & Sunsets
I have lived in Arizona for three years, and I have to say that one of my favorite things about living here are the sunrises and sunsets. Epic, colorful, masterpieces paint our sky reminding us daily that art ultimately points back to the artist. Let us also not forget that each day represents a revolution of the earth, spinning at 1,040 miles per hour, while orbiting the sun at 66,000 miles per hour. All this movement, and we don’t feel a thing. I can’t ride the tea-cups at the local fair without feeling sick. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Reminder #3 – Sunscreen
Arizona is hot. While some say “it’s a dry heat,” I respond with, “so is an oven.” It’s crazy that temperatures in the Valley can reach well into the 120s! Yet, we live 93,ooo,ooo miles away from the sun. Any closer, and we’d truly burn up. Any further, and we’d freeze. God has placed our planet in the perfect position to sustain life. Next time you try to tell God what to do, remember that you can’t even go outside without sunscreen on. How much are you truly in control? Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), and we should be reminded of that daily.
Reminder #4 – Rain Storms
I have the opposite of a green thumb. I once killed a fake plant because I forgot to water it. Isn’t it incredible that God created our planet to take care of itself? I can’t even set the sprinkler timer right for my own yard, yet God has a system in place to take care of the world as we know it. Deuteronomy 32:2 says, “Let my teaching fall on you like rain.”
Reminder #5 – Heartbeats
Did you know your heart beats around 115,000 times a day? That equates to over 3 billion heart beats in the average lifetime. When was the last time you told your heart to beat? Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together.” Every moment of life is precious because every moment is sustained by God’s power.
Reminder #6 – Starry Nights
I have a confession to make- I’m horrible at remembering names. I remember people, but I struggle to remember names of people who I don’t interact with on a regular basis. An article on Science Focus noted that while the number of names someone can remember is unlimited, the average person struggles to remember names beyond 150 people. Now with this truth in mind, consider Psalm 147:4 – “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” According to an article posted on scienceline.ucsb.edu, there are about 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe. The number of stars in a galaxy varies, but assuming an average of 100 billion stars per galaxy means that there are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion trillion) stars in the observable universe! Next time you feel stressed, rest in the fact that God hasn’t forgotten you.
What have I missed? What are other ways you see God in creation today? Feel free to share additional reminders demonstrating that God is control in the comments below.
High School Pastor
North Ridge Community Church