Like all of you, I have a day job that keeps me pretty busy. Sometimes my job goes along smoothly, and everything just seems to get accomplished with no muss or fuss. The problem is that more often than not, those “smooth times” are few and far between. I remember about a year ago mentioning to a coworker that our job had too much pressure to get things done fast. He thought I was overreacting. Recently, I observed that he has had occasions where he was visibly approaching a melt down from the pressure. I haven’t said anything to him about it yet, but I think he is getting the point. For me, the only way I can handle all the stuff that happens is if I keep reminding myself that God is in control, and I don’t need to worry about what is going to happen, I just need to keep resting in Jesus, and continually praying for His peace in the midst of my crazy circumstances.

i suppose I could be praying that God would take me out of the circumstances, but in the John 17:15, Jesus prays for us; “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”

Clearly we are supposed to be right where we are until God decides to move us somewhere else. I guess that sort of makes me like a chess piece, probably a pawn and not the King. Anyway, Christ engineers my circumstances according to his plan. If I run away, as I am often tempted to do, I would just be running away from God, and that isn’t what I want. Being a pawn on God’s chess board may not be the most glorious job, but it’s plenty good enough for me. How about you?

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