We don’t get a say-so…

I talked to a friend this morning whose aunt passed away suddenly earlier in the week. My friend shared with me that her mother and her aunt were more than sisters. They worked together and they traveled together. They were best friends. Her mother is devastated at the sudden death of her sister. The lady had not been sick. A strange illness struck her and within four days she passed away. I responded to my friend, “Wow, when God says it’s our time, we don’t get a say-so in it, do we?”

That statement can make us bitter if we choose to let it. What kind of a God would pull a stunt like that?? What kind of a God would snatch from a Christian lady her only sister, her best friend, her co-worker, her travel partner all at one time? All in one death!! It’s the kind of God who created each of us in His image for His purpose. He decided when we’d be born, and He decides when we die. We can buck that, we can pitch a fit, we can be bitter and cranky, we can decide we want absolutely nothing to do with Him. But He’s still sovereign. And we’re His to do what He wants with who He wants when He wants. And we don’t get a say-so. No say-so? Then we might as well trust Him. It will make our lives peaceful in spite of tumultuous storms. It will make our hearts joyful in spite of heartache. And it will make our friends and family much more eager to spend time with us if we’re not bitter and cynical. The joy of the Lord is our strength, even when He doesn’t let us have a say-so.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song” (Psalm 28:7).

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father” (Colossians 1:10-12a).

Okay, guys – I’ve discovered QuickTime!! So here’s a link to a video of me sharing this devotional. This is gonna be fun! Let me know what you think. Now keep in mind, this is my first recorded devotional. It’s a tad awkward talking to your laptop. And I know I should have done something with my hair. I know my make-up is a mess, I mean good grief I’ve run around in the rain all day! And I know I have a serious Bryson City, NC twangy southern “accent.” Other than all that, it’s not too bad. Have a great weekend!



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