How Do I Know That God Is In Control?

Originally published Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Isaiah 40:26 (ESV)


Picture: Hubble sees Galaxies Galore ESA/Hubble (Creative commons)
 NASAESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team
Design: Wendy van Eyck

“There is an unusual group of cells under your right arm,” the doctor looks my husband in the eyes as he says it.


It is the second time in 10 months that we’ve heard the words there is a 50/50 chance it could be cancer. 


This was meant to be the appointment where the doctor looked my husband in the eye and told us that after 6 months of chemo he can’t find a trace of cancer. 


But that wasn’t what we heard. 


Instead we are sent to the biopsy department to find out if it’s just reactive cells or cancer.


In the biopsy waiting room I look up and an old friend I haven’t seen in four years walks in. 


She can’t believe I’m there. 

She can’t believe it because she’d just prayed, “God, I want to pray for someone to be healed today. But could you make it someone I know because it’s a little awkward when you don’t know the person.”

She flings this prayer up to God and he uses his power to make sure we’re sitting in that waiting room, at that time.


He answers her prayer and reassures our hearts that he is still holding us


Right there in the waiting room she prayed for my husband. 


I think what thrilled my heart the most is that God used us to answer her prayer and show us that he’s still there; he’s still in control.


This last year cancer has taught me many things about God and now in the midst of uncertainty I’m relearning that God is in control.


God knows the beginning and the end. (<-- Click here to tweet this)


God knows it because he flung stars in the Milky Way like chocolate chips in cookie dough. 


And if that went according to plan, and the stars still dazzle and shine for him. Then shouldn’t I trust that when God says he has the last word on our plans he really, really does, no matter what the outcome


I remind myself that if God can send an old friend to pray for us in a biopsy waiting room then he’s in control of everything else in our lives.


I remind myself that if God can fling the stars into the sky and have each one land exactly where he wants it, then being in control of all the hard stuff in my life isn’t so hard for him.


Do you believe that God is in control of your life even when you feel out of control? Does realizing that God orders the stars make you feel he can order your life?


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