Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a community that feels just like the place you want to hang out. You know when you visit that it feels like home and once there you don’t want to leave. It’s the feeling you get when you sit across the table from a friend with your favorite coffee or tea. The conversation flows and the friendship flourishes. There is such a place that gathers every week at Kate Motaung’s. It’s called Five Minute Friday where coffee and chocolate are always available. Some friends meet on Twitter Thursday evenings to begin the party and others join after a one word prompt is given for all to ponder. These are my people and this community is HOME. Come join us as we write for five minutes on a word and share your own ponderings.

CONTROL

GO…

I remember summer days with a newborn in my arms and a toddler running free in the backyard. I watched the the glee on my son’s face as he spread his wings. I believed that I had this mothering thing down. I loved being a mom and gloried in the newness of caring for two young sons. It was at this same time as I lived out how well everything was going that my older son took to spreading his wings a little too wide. And that is the rest of the story.

I could stand on the deck and survey the backyard easily. But as soon as I needed my toddler to do something specific for me, he would hide behind the big oak tree. Running with a newborn was not high on my list of things to try. Shouting when my son was hiding behind the tree was another thing I knew would not work. The minute I believed I had control was the time that I knew I didn’t.

I have always desired control in my life. Planning out the details and visualizing what the activity would like before joining in helped me to feel like I was ready. Preparing far in advance relieved the stress of not being in control. Knowing my son was hiding behind the big oak tree made me crazy. He knew it too. Oh to think we are in control to find out we are fighting a losing battle.

As I have gotten older, I am learning that control works best when it is released. When I let go of all that I cannot control, I achieve freedom. With this freedom I gain a sense of who I am as God’s child. He takes the control that we release and replaces it with His peace. God teaches us how to rely on the one thing that will never fail us – HIM!

I love these words from Job. When we stop and consider God’s wonders, we need never consider a world that vies for control that is really God’s to begin with.

Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God’s wonders.

Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:14-16

STOP

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