Refocus and Realign

“Your way O God is holy. What God is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders.” (Psalm 77:13)

On most days, we pursue a frantic treadmill pace, with constant tumultuous noise buzzing in our ears from diverse, compelling sources. Distracted by this hectic combination, it proves difficult to focus on who is in charge and calling the shots.

Yet, if for a moment in the darkened stillness we crane our eyes toward the night sky, or gaze with slackened jaw at the unceasing slapping of wave water against rocky beach front, we may recall the Creator who works wonders without an ounce of our contribution. Considering the awe-­inspiring grandeur of his sovereign rule is the antidote for anxious thoughts on multiple levels.

The Psalmist straightens out our crooked thoughts and realigns our confusion: “For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?” (Psalm 89:6-­‐8)

Our God is Sovereign King, and we bow to his majestic control over every last detail of his realm. As his beloved subjects, we recognize his authority and rest in the assurance that our High King reigns supreme, completely capable of managing our affairs along with the rest of the universe that he balances in his hands. “Cease striving and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) he reminds us over and over again, as we maneuver through the kingdom of Earth, with the Kingdom of Heaven in full view.

Elizabeth A. Mitchell

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