A couple of weeks ago, I made a turn from my street, and went over a railroad track, totally driving on routine. I looked in my rear-view mirror right after that and noticed that the railroad arms started coming down. If I had not looked in my rear-view mirror, I would not have noticed that a train was coming.
We know in theory that just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, but we’re often not so great at putting that knowledge into practice.
We are so stuck in time and space, in what we see and what we hear. We actually can only perceive a certain amount of what is going on around us at a time, and yet we usually don’t even think about that. Sometimes we think we know so much but are really blind to how much we don’t know. We think we have all the pieces to the puzzle, but we really don’t, so we can’t see the whole picture.
Then, sometimes we try to understand it all, and when we can’t we are filled with fear and anxiety. It makes us want to control things around us, and yet, when we find ourselves powerless to control, we feel lost.
Have you ever sat outside on a hot summer day and just listened to the sounds going on around you?
The birds continue to sing without our help.
The cicadas, locusts, and tree frogs join the chorus.
Who feeds them? Who makes sure that they have places to live?
I would imagine that out of the billions of people on this planet, a great majority of them have spent much time feeling lost and anxious this year. And yet there is more than meets the eye. God is still in control, even though we may not understand how that can be. God may allow bad things to happen, but we can trust that He has our best interests at heart.
Just as God continues to provide for the birds, He also provides for us. The birds do have a part in going to search for food, and we can take our cues from them. God does not pull the worm out of the ground for the robin; He provides the worms and helps the robin find them.
The important thing is that we need to get our focus off of what we have been looking at that has caused us such anxiety, and put our focus on God, trusting that we are valuable to Him, as He said, and that He loves us and will take care of us.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:27 BSB
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
Today I am thankful that God is still in control.
I’m thankful that He sees the whole big picture, when we only see a little part of it.
I’m thankful that He knows how all the pieces fit together.
I’m thankful that He continues to take care of the animals in nature.
I’m thankful that He has given us His word that we are more valuable to Him than the birds.
I’m thankful that we can trust Him to provide for our needs as He does for theirs.
I’m thankful that I can still find Him in the stillness and find in Him a good, powerful, and caring listener.
What about you? Where has your focus been lately? Are you focused on all the noise of the various forms of media that you watch or read? Have you become obsessed with those things as though the rest of the world does not exist and nothing good ever happens anymore? Do you only see that which surrounds you? Or have you taken time to be still before God and listen to what He is still doing that is good in the world?