Mar 15, 2012 by


“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.”  Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (NLT)

For many years of my life I viewed life’s events in terms of good and bad luck. I had no certainty of why things would happen outside of my control. I couldn’t figure it out, so luck was as good an explanation to me as anything else. It made sense to me because some things just seemed to happen without any acceptable explanation. Like the time my pet guinea pig died when I let a disabled friend hold it. Why did that happen when I was trying to be kind to someone else?  I certainly couldn’t explain it.  Or how about the time when I played on a girls’ softball team; we practiced and practiced but hardly ever won a game. But, it wasn’t really all bad luck that I saw back then.  There was the time that I got shoved into the deep end of a swimming pool (with no idea of how to swim) and was resuscitated before they had to zip me up in the body bag.  “Whew”, I thought, “what a lucky thing for me, one more gulp of water and they wouldn’t have had any more water left in the pool because I drank it all trying to get out!” But was that luck?

Luck and chance can creep into our lives in all kinds of ways. Sometimes I found myself crossing my fingers behind my back, searching for heads-up pennies, and ‘looking over my four-leaf clover’ for something good, all the while blaming bad luck for anything not good in my life. I followed zodiac and astrology books. I was sure that they held the answers to the key issues in life. If the answers were written in the stars then they had to be correct, right? With astrology, I could predict what was going to happen, be prepared for anything, and I’d be in control. But, it didn’t work.  For a time after I became a Christian, I still struggled with wanting to hold onto astrology, even though it didn’t work because it had become a habit for me.  It took me years to finally put that aside and really understand like Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, that I can’t predict when hard times will come nor can I prevent being caught in sudden tragedy.

Luck couldn’t satisfy, astrology didn’t work and my lucky pennies weren’t so lucky anymore so now what? I needed something more; I wanted to know who’s really in control. Do you want to know?

Join me in praying right where you are that the Lord will show Himself to you today. Ask Him and He will.

By grace through faith,


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