As a boat captain, I love being out on the water, piloting the boat. When I’m at the helm, I get to chart the course, make the passengers feel welcome, prepare them for any possible emergencies and make sure everyone has an enjoyable trip.
As we pull away from the dock, it is easy to believe I am in control of everything in my little world. I am certainly “the boss” at that point, but am I in control? Maybe not as much as I’d like to think.
I check the radar, but I don’t control the weather.
I give safety instructions, but I don’t control other people’s actions.
I make sure the boat is maintained, but I don’t control mechanical issues.
I follow safety rules, but I can’t control other vessels on the water.
It’s a bit unnerving to realize that really, the one thing I control, is…me.
I control my actions. That’s it.
I don’t control God’s to-do list, or anyone else’s. Just mine.
Underneath, where things live I don’t like to examine too closely, I have to admit I don’t like this much. I’d rather have more of a say in things. But I don’t. And most of the time, I shouldn’t.
We may be in charge of certain things, or people, but we don’t control them.
Like it or not, every person is responsible for their own actions.
This has been a good reminder to me in a season of life that seems terribly out of control.
So today, I’m reminding myself that I am in control of one thing: me. I will take next steps on my project, and be kind and loving to those who cross my path. I will do my part in a scary world to offer hope and comfort.
And I will trust the Great Creator, who holds all of us in the palm of His hand, to control the things I can’t.
Does your world feel out of control today? How do you handle it?