God Is at the Helm
An article by early Christian writer Hannah Whitall called “God is in Control,” offers some food for thought on the subject of seeing the Lord’s hand in all things and trusting Him implicitly. Hannah told of how she first recognized this principle in a meeting where a woman told of her difficulty in accepting the idea that God was in everything and we should thank him in all things. After praying for some time about this, she envisioned the presence of God like a light enveloping her in the darkness and she saw that nothing could reach her or affect her unless God’s encircling presence moved out of the way to let it. (And he would let it only when it was for her ultimate good.) Never again did she find any difficulty in abiding consent to His will and an unwavering trust in His care. Hannah concludes, “This does not mean that we must like or enjoy the trial itself, but that we must see God’s will in the trial. It is not hard to do this when we have learned to know that his will is the will of love. Seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart. More than that, it gives a joyfulness that cannot be described.”
Hannah continue, “I am afraid some of God’s own children scarcely think He is equal to themselves in tenderness, and love, and thoughtful care. In their secret thoughts they charge Him with a neglect and indifference of which they feel themselves incapable.
“The truth is that His care is infinitely superior to any human care. He who counts the very hairs of our heads and suffers not a sparrow to fall without Him, takes note of the minutest matters that can affect the lives of His children. He regulates them all according to His own perfect will.” She gave examples, such as Joseph of Egypt. She said, “Joseph’s brothers undoubtedly sinned, but by the time it had reached Joseph it had become God’s will for him, and was in truth, though he did not see it then, the greatest blessing of his whole life. And thus we see how God can make . . . All things, even the sins of others, work together for good to those who love God. (See Rom. 8:28)”
Hannah says that when we abandon ourselves to Him in perfect trust that he will lead us into wonderful green pastures of inward rest and beside blessedly still waters of inward refreshment.
I wept when I first read the article several years ago. I saw that these principles, internalized, would wipe away my worries and give me the inner strength and peace I sought. “When the learner is ready, the teacher appears.” In this case, my teacher was a Christian woman who died in 1911–her words of wisdom reached across all those years and touched my heart when I was ready to hear and understand.