Control

by Kevin Wimbish, LMFT


“In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.”**


“On Christ the solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face

I rest on His unchanging grace

in every  high and stormy gale

my anchor holds within the veil”***


Achieve.  Make it happen.  Accomplish.  It’s up to you.  You can dream it, you can do it.

I love inspiration.  I appreciate motivation.  There have been multiple seasons in my life in which listening to motivational talks, etc… helped me keep going.

And, I think, we as people, I know I do, like to think that we are in control.  We like to think that if we just keep doing the right thing and if we work hard enough, things will work out as we wish.  If you’re reading this, and have as many grey hairs in your head as I do in my beard (I don’t have much to work with up top:) , you may have encountered enough blows from life to see otherwise. 

One thing I have realized during this season ( I’m not even sure what to call it, but mass disorientation seems fitting), is that control, to a significant extent, is an illusion.  I have often approached life and unfortunately, sometimes my faith, as a math equation.  A + B = C.  What happens when it doesn’t?  

If a year ago, you would have told me:

That the NBA would cancel its season,

Colleges would not have any students on their campuses,

My son would have one week of track and it would immediately stop,

My kids would be trying to do school at our house, my wife would be teaching via the computer,

I would see my daughter wearing a mask in public,

Millions of people would immediately stop working,

I would not be allowed to go to the gym,

Arrows would tell me where to walk in stores,

For the same consideration some would be terrified to leave their homes while others would think it was a hoax.

There would have been a portion of a major American city without police control for multiple weeks,

………………….  I could keep going…..

I would have thought you were describing a dystopic movie, not America.

Yet, this is reality right now.  

If we focus on all of the above, or even some of it, it can easily lead to anxiety and even despair.  

However, if we focus on what we know to be true, Who we know to be true, The Solid Rock, and keep our gaze fixed on Him, we can get through this.  We will get through this.

“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

all other ground is sinking sand.”***


Kevin Wimbish, LMFT
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