Often times, we expect life to go our way or go along a path that we have complete control over. At a young age, we are pondering what we want to be when we grow up, firefighters or policemen are always popular choices as children because we want to be heroes. Then you begin to find interest in other subjects and you start focusing on what you love; science, math, history, etc. before you know it you find yourself entering high school and begin to gear your classes towards the subjects you love most, with that dream job in mind. College is right around the corner and so many other options become available. You are in control, your future lies within your own hands, does it not?
Earlier this morning I wrecked my car into a parked trailer along the roadside, heavy glare and a dew-covered windshield is what I would like to place the blame on. I didn’t see that thing at all, all I knew was that my car was smashing into something. After shouting “Oh God, oh God” a few times I came to a stop. Assessing the damage, I saw that my car’s right side of the engine was destroyed and that I had pushed a steel trailer about sixteen feet from it’s original spot. After a man who heard the crash checked on me I made some calls and the rest of the details are unimportant. What is important, my first crash involved no other person, all that was lost was my car, little injury occurred to me and I’m alive and well.
What I want to touch on is how little control we truly have over our lives. The introduction shows how we plan so far out into the future as if everything will work out accordingly. Yet, my accident this morning occurred literally thirty seconds after pulling out of the driveway. The question “what if” will drive a man mad, but it’s something to consider. What if, I hit another car, what if; I hit a person checking their mail, what if, what if…Control is fleeting. In the matter of seconds my plans changed, I no longer was on my way to the local race and festival, I was now on a undesirable path, a path unplanned by me, one where I had no control. So who does have control over our lives? Are we not to plan if the future is unknown? Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)
How should we approach our future? Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:13-17 (ESV)
Our life is but a mist, fleeting as the morning fog at the mercy of the wind, wherever the wind carries it follows. Once we realize that we ourselves are a mist, I believe life will be all the sweeter.