Here, at Utah’s Goosenecks State Park, the San Juan River meanders like a snake through the landscape. Back and forth it goes, making little forward progress during this stretch. The course of a river is determined by many factors, but thankfully the course of a life is determined by One.
“The course of my life is in Your power.” Psalm 31:15b.
Every facet of my life is in the hands of God – not my own and not my enemy’s. God’s power and wisdom dictate every single thing that happens to me. When my life is filled with pleasant situations and circumstances, it’s easy to understand the source of all that pleasantness is God. But that may be hard to reconcile when I am called to endure suffering.
At the same time, it can be comforting. We are never called to traverse a difficult and heartbreaking journey apart from the wisdom and appointment of Almighty God, who loves us, has blessed us with unending mercy, and who always has our best interest at heart. Although we may go through seasons of life that leave us feeling like we are helplessly swirling in a dangerous current, at the mercy of our circumstances, we can be sure that we are never a victim of chaos or cruel fate.
Instead each phase of life and every situation we face is ordained and appointed by our sovereign and merciful God, and when we trust Him and give Him glory in all things, we can live at peace, no matter what we face.