Sovereign Over Us

Life has a way of throwing us curve balls that we are rarely well prepared for. I can break down my life into moments when things did not go my way, and I was forced to change course against my will.

In 2003, I didn’t get the scholarship I had worked so hard for.
In 2008, I ended a relationship that I thought would last forever.
In 2012, I couldn’t get pregnant.
In 2016, my son was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder.
In 2020, the entire world shut down over a terrifying pandemic that no one seems to fully understand.

We all have disappointments throughout our life that force us to change how we think, feel, believe, and function. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, and it doesn’t make sense. Maybe you’ve lost a job, and you don’t know what’s next. Maybe you are having trouble finding a husband, having a child, or making friends.

Maybe you are so, so tired of quarantine, and you’re craving community and tight hugs from the people you love.  

But, in the midst of these “disappointments”, we usually find ourselves growing, learning, and leaning on Christ when normally we would try to take things into our own hands. There’s a beauty in our weakness, a peace in knowing that we cannot control our fate.

There’s a song I love to listen to when I’m feeling like things aren’t going my way, or when anxiety sets in and I feel like I’m spiraling out of control. It’s called “Sovereign Over Us.”

I encourage you if you get a chance to watch and listen to this song and let the words soak into your soul. Here are some of the lyrics:

There is strength within the sorrow, there is beauty in our tears.
And you meet us in our mourning, with a love that casts out fear.
You are working in our waiting, you’re sanctifying us.
When beyond our understanding, you’re teaching us to trust.
Your plans are still to prosper, you have not forgotten us.
You’re with us in the fire and the flood. Faithful forever, perfect in love,
You are sovereign over us.

What an incredible message to remember in times of uncertainty! Disappointment is a wakeup call that we are not the writer and finisher of our fate – Jesus is.

In the midst of fear, sickness, loss, boredom, confusion – our God is sovereign over us. His plans are still good (Romans 8:28). He sees the big picture that we don’t see (Romans 11:33). We can rest in his sovereignty because he is constantly working in us as we wait, and every day he is teaching us to trust.  

While we wait for COVID-19 to get out of our lives, we can take this time to find spiritual rest (Matthew 11:28). Jesus offers us an incredible gift of everlasting life. When you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, remember that Jesus gave his life and took the weight on himself, so we never have to carry it again (John 3:16). Let it go. He is faithful.

On Sunday, Pastor Joe asked a very important question, “Will you make the choice to believe in the God who sees all things, knows all things, and has the power to change all things?”

If we believe that God is sovereign, there is no reason to fear. We can make the choice to have faith in the One who has the power to change all things. He knows all, He sees all, and He is shaping us every moment this pandemic continues.

How will you respond to disappointment? Will you grow bitter, angry, and fearful? Or will you have faith in a sovereign God who is always with you and has a bigger, better plan for your life than anything you could possibly dream of? I choose the latter.
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