When it seems like things are out of control, THAT is when God is most in control!
Actually, that is when we will discover this truth, since God never really loses control of anything in the ultimate sense. I think that God loves to remind us of the truth of our dependence on a regular basis so that we don’t get too full of ourselves. Most of us really seem to fight the idea of being dependent – even if it is God on whom we depend. Maybe that’s why the once headstrong and independent Peter writes,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV)
Rather than exerting our independence and often self-centered efforts towards getting things to work our way, we need to be humble. We don’t need to worry about how we might appear to others, or whether things will come out our way. We don’t need to worry about how smart, or competent, or spiritual we may look as we try to bring things back into control – rather we humble ourselves under the hand of God … the mighty hand of God.
We also give up our fears and our anxieties in the midst of those things around us that seem to spiral out of our hands – turning them over to Him. We may not know how everything will turn out but we can be confident that he cares for us. Even in the midst of a whirlwind of events that are completely out of our ability to control.