Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Backpacking vs. Control Issues

I have known for a while now that I have a few control issues....or maybe more than a few if truth be told. This is especially true with my family! I like to know where everyone is and what they are doing all the time. I even send a cell phone with my kids to the park so I can check in on them at any time. I often wonder how parents did this before there were cell phones. My hats are off to them! This week though my hubby and my Caleb are off backpacking. They are somewhere along Elk Creek up in the mountains! I really have no idea where exactly they are and this bothers me! Nor can I reach them on their cell...there is no service. This bothers me even more! I am sure they are having a blast, catching lots of fish, enjoying great conversation with each other, taking in amazing displays of God's glory in His creation, watching the night sky without any interference from city lights. I truly am so glad they got to go. They have both been so excited and I am excited for them! They have been planning this trip for several weeks....buying all kinds of gear including freeze dried food in a bag...just add hot water to the bag and you have gourmet meals like Beef Stroganoff for 2! They have been pouring over topography maps and Google Earth to map out where they wanted to go. So they know exactly where they are....I hope....but I am here at home and I have no idea where they control. This part of it, I do not like! It has been a great exercise in faith and trust for me because even though I have no control....I know the One who is in complete control. The One who sees exactly where they are and knows exactly what they are doing all the time! I am learning to take every thought captive and I am having a lot of opportunities to practice what I am learning! When my mind begins to wander to the "what ifs" I have to go to my knees because I know there is nothing I can do....but He can do everything and He holds them in the palm of His hand! Because of that I can rest and be at peace even though I have no control.......but that doesn't mean I have to like it!

1 comment:

Joan said...

Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiviing let your requests be made known unto God (Lord let the cell phones work for just a few minutes) and then the peace comes.
Looks like they are headed for a good time. Can't believe Caleb is only about an inch shorter than his dad. I know they will be having fun so as you said just give them over to the Lord's care and you enjoy those other two boys at home while they are gone.

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