When life seems out of control

Well, summer is almost over. I hope you managed to enjoy some sunshine in between all those grey skies. I had EUROPEMEDITERRANEANPORTUGALMADEIRADES_000157booked a trip to the island of Madeira, so, as you do, I arrived at the airport and got on the plane fully expecting to land – at Madeira – a few hours later.

Only that`s not what happened. We flew to Madeira, flew around and around it for an hour, then flew away from Madeira, and landed in Portugal, instead. When after a lot of hanging around, long coach trips and a couple of hours sleep in a hotel, we tried again, no one on that plane was taking our destination for granted. And rightly so. Once again, we flew to Madeira, flew round and round Madeira, came so close to the runway we could have leant out the window and touched it, before heading back to Portugal. By the third day, it was starting to feel as if this was going to be how we spent our week`s holiday – queuing up at check in, sitting around in airports, to end up back where we started 10 hours later.

Thankfully, we did eventually make it, only 48 hours late. And we had a great time there. But this was a real lesson in how much we take for granted in this modern world of technology and systems and things going where they`re supposed to go. It was a tiring and stressful reminder that even in a society like Britain, where you can think you have some control, of where you go, what you do. Where you make plans, and preparations, and choose your own direction in life. There is still so much outside your control and understanding. The weather being one of them.

Life is bigger than all of us. You can try to make it bend to your will, grow angry or fearful or sad when your plans get blown away in a freak storm. Or accept that these things happen, to everyone, and no brains or knowledge or high-tech gadget or planning can beat them all.

In the Bible it says “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year…” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?… What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

But it also says about God, “If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.”

That was a great comfort to me, when our plans got turned upside down. Choosing to believe that even when things don`t turn out as we expect or hope, there is one who is always there, solid as a rock, ready to hear and to help.


Beth Moran

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