Tonight I was invited to a BBQ with my two friends and two of their friends. It was very fun getting to know their friends, Kim and Yati. Throughout dinner we watched my friends’ black lab and Kim and Yati’s boxer running crazily around the backyard. We giggled at them and enjoyed learning more about each other and our daily activities.
Dozer, the crazy boxer, was confined to the kennel for a short period of time. According to Kim and Yati, Dozer had quite the personality and was always a little rambunctious. Kim started laughing and then told us a story about Dozer earlier in the day.
Kim was pulling clean dishes out of the dishwasher and putting them into the cupboards. She was also loading dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Dozer snuck up and started licking the dirty dishes. Kim had barely turned her back when Dozer somehow tore the entire bottom rack out of the dishwasher and onto the floor.
Kim was mystified and was scolding Dozer and trying to clean up the dishes that were now sprawled on the kitchen floor. This whole time Yati was in the shower. He heard the commotion and shouting through the running water, but knew at that moment there wasn’t really anything he could do because he was “stuck” in the shower. So, Yati started praying.
We all laughed for quite some time, but I couldn’t help but know that this should be the response we should have every time something happens, big or small. Even though this was just a silly dog, it could have been something far worse.
Our first instincts should always be to go to God. He is the source of constant wisdom. He is all-knowing and even though Yati did not know what was happening in his kitchen, he knew that God knew. God is in control. We have to trust him, even when we really don’t know what is going on, because God does.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
“Lord, thank You for showing me Your will in all situations. I pray that You help remind me to pray continually, no matter if I know the circumstance or not. Lord, continue to give me Your wisdom and help me to know You are always in control….”