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Remember who is in control
Senior moments
Rich DeLong is the executive director of the Suites at Station Exchange. - photo by File photo

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28 (KJV)
A few weeks ago, my wife and I were traveling to Atlanta for a weekend conference. We stopped for a bite to eat in McDonough, and as we were turning to get back onto the interstate, we were hit by another vehicle. The young driver ran a red light and sheared off the front portion of our car.  
If we had been traveling just a few miles faster, we would have driven into a more direct path of the car at fault, and the consequences could have been deadly. Luckily, no one was hurt. And our car, although a total loss, did what we all want a car to do when in an accident ­— it protected us. Thank God for great engineers and five-star safety ratings.
Things happen literally in the blink of an eye. Things also happen for a reason. And as hard as it may be to understand, I believe that all things work for the glory of God. The promising outcomes of a tragic event can be countless if given the right perspective. Even as difficult and horrific as many events can be, when God is brought into the equation, good things happen.
God helps us get past the “Why me?” syndrome and take on a “Why not me?” attitude. And in our proudest moments, he helps us stay humble. Such a focus always reminds me that he is in control.
In today’s world, many are led to believe that power and control are kings. But there is a greater power in understanding that we really have so little of this world figured out. Once we admit this knowledge, everything becomes ever-so-slightly clearer.
The good news is there is little about which to be concerned. When Martha was upset about her sister’s lack of effort in preparing dinner, Jesus said, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
No matter what your age, it is never too late to direct and strengthen your focus on God. If you feel wronged, he will make you right. If you lack luster, he can make you shine. If you need forgiveness, remember that he already has redeemed you.  The key to a life of joy and peace, no matter what your circumstance may be, is allowing God to be in control of your life.  
Matthew reminds us that Jesus said, “Unless we become like little children, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Part of that is honesty. Just as little children ask their parents the same question over and over, so David questioned God the same way: “How long?” “Why?” “Where are you?” God is not afraid of our questions or needs.
So give God the chance to make all things in your life right and good. He will not make your life easy, but he will make your life better.
Let him stay in control, my friends.

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