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God is in Control and He Cares

Posted by Emma on November 24, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity

For several reasons lately it has seemed to me that God should not care about what happens in my life; that He should not be orchestrating things for the best. One could perhaps say that He is not doing anything in regards to my life and is leaving me to my own way with its pleasures and consequences. However after some things that happened to me this weekend, there is no way that I can say God is not in control of my life, working things out for the best, and that He does not care about me. He is in control and He does care.

I was training home from Texas this weekend. My trip took me on three different trains. I had several things I wanted to accomplish on my computer while traveling, but my battery holds no charge so I have to have an outside power source to get any work done. Those of you who have traveled on trains know that most cars only have one or two outlets in them and the observatory car, which has more, usually is full and all power outlets being used. Thus my chances of having power on all the different trains was slim to none.

When I got to the first train station, I was informed that they would be assigning us seats since the train was full. (Normally it is a first come first serve bases.) I was not sure what I thought about this. Who knows who I would be seated next to and some interesting characters frequent trains. However when I was given my seat number and went there, I had a seat mate, but he was not in his seat. I only saw him for about two minutes that entire trip when he came and got his bag. He got off at the next station and so I had the row to myself for most the trip. The other nice thing, there was a power outlet next to that seat. Score! God was in control looking out for me.

As it came time to get on the next train I was again apprehensive, if this train is full what will that look like for me? Will I have power? Will I have a seat mate? This train was fairly full so I ended up with a seat mate. They did not assign seats however, but because of a comment the conductor made I choose the one I did, next to a young lady, who did not look to bad. She went to sleep right after I got on and I did not really have any conversation with her. As I was taking stock of the situation, I ran my hand along the car wall. What should I feel but a power outlet. I knew God was still in control and He still cared about me. I ended up being able to go to a dining car they had on the train and work there with almost no one around and lots of light and space which was great. (The coach cars can be darker and more constricting.) So although I did not use power at my seat, having it there still assured me that God was in control and it was a way He showed that He cared for me.

The final train I was on was a commuter train which has lots of power outlets and is rarely full. I did have power and a row to myself on that train. Here God showed He cared about me by keeping us safe from the tornado that was in the area.

Even though these may seem like little instances to show that God is in control and that He cares about me, it was what I needed. I share this with the hope that maybe it will encourage you. God shows that He cares about us in the little areas of life, even when it seems there is no possible way He should care. (I doubt anyone can give a better reason about why they think God shouldn’t care about them then I had this weekend.) God is also in control. He controls the little details that surround your life and He is working all things out for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose, even when they are making it nigh impossible for Him. Remember today: God loves you, He cares about your life, and He is in complete control.