One little boy prayed, “Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of Yourself, God. If anything happens to You, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

In the midst of a topsy-turvy, frantic world where the news tells us of epidemics, suicide bombers, and earthquakes, we need to remember that God is in control.

When we act impatient, we are acting as if God isn’t in control. When we seethe with anger because we have to stand in a long line, we are missing possible opportunities to witness to others. When we angrily honk at the person who cuts us off or doesn’t drive forward immediately when the traffic light turns green, we are acting as if we think we are in control.

As believers we have to be careful that we don’t take on the frantic pace of the world. We have a God Who knows the end from the beginning, Who created the Heavens and the earth, and Who’s the Master of the universe. We don’t have to fall prey to the humanistic thinking all around us that we can control our own steps.

There is an old saying that goes, “God controls our stops as well as our steps.” I encourage you to remember this today, especially when confronted with potentially frustrating situations. Remember Who is in control and all will be well.

Man proposes but God disposes. — Thomas a’ Kempis

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder