Who's In Charge Here?

Who’s in charge here?

A death, a birth, the ending of a job, the beginning of a new endeavor. It seems I just get used to my world and it suddenly changes in some way, great or small.

I’m cruising along thinking someone is surely in charge because things are going along the same way they usually do and, perhaps more importantly, going along in a predictable manner. I know what’s going to happen and can rely on it happening.

But this happy state of affairs never lasts. Some seemingly random event occurs and my predictable world becomes unpredictable. A tumble of voices and a jumble of frantic messages meet me at every turn. 

What’s happened? Is no one driving the car?! Shouldn’t somebody be flying the airplane?!?

When I find myself having increasing difficulty in any endeavor, I go back to the fundamentals of that endeavor and see what I have forgotten. It seems I forget a lot.

I forget to always begin with God the Creator. 

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,

    in the image of God he created him;

    male and female he created them.

Since God created it, he owns it. That’s the way it is where I come from. And since he owns it, he’s in charge of it, too. 


for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,

    and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;

35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,

    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven

    and among the inhabitants of the earth;

and none can stay his hand

    or say to him, “What have you done?

10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.       11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 

So God made it and he owns it. God wrote/is writing the script and directing and producing the play. 

God is driving his car. God is flying his airplane. 

Whew! That’s a relief. 

Now I can get back to work as a servant in God’s plan in time and in this place. 

And stop worrying.

Chuck Fitzenrider