Out of Control/ Into God’s Hands

Many times we direct our thoughts outward to view a world that is chaotic and out of control – filled with daily challenges that press upon us with the possibility of catastrophic consequences that loom over us waiting to crush us under their weight.

Things do happen.

People can be suddenly ripped from our lives — jobs can be eliminated over night with a stroke of a pen — and people do get the feared diagnosis —

Things do happen.

But then, most times — they don’t.

And yet we forget to notice how God is carrying us safely within his hands.

I believe that realizing this in the best of times and even in the quiet times will help me to better prepare for the worst of times.  There will always be wars and rumors of wars, but practicing my faith means that I ultimately believe that nothing can separate me from the love of God. ~ (see Romans 8: 31-39)

So whether it is the best of times or worst of times or something in-between, don’t forget to stop and rest in His care. As we daily remember to tap into these thoughts, we are accessing His divine power and giving our attention to God as our source of peace.

Over the next several weeks I will be exploring topics surrounding our need to live more “Out of Control/ Into God’s Hands.

I hope you will join me and comment on the things that resonate with you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3: 5-6

Cossacks 1910-1 by Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944
Cossacks, 1910, oil on Canvas, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) 946 x 1302 mm. Tate Gallery Image Source

The below description of the painting is from the Tate Gallery posted on Wikimedia Commons. 

“This was painted at the moment in Kandinsky’s career when he was living in Germany, near Munich, and moving rapidly from a form of Expressionism towards Abstraction. It was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 1938 and in a letter to a friend not long after, Kandinsky wrote ‘an American woman living in London has bought a pre-war painting from me and presented it to the Tate Gallery in London! It is the first truly modern painting in the famous museum in London.

The ‘traces of “the object” ‘ which Kandinsky mentions are as follows:

  • “In the upper left portion of the picture are two horses rearing up against each other, their front legs interlocking.
  • Each has a Cossack (Russian cavalry) rider wearing a tall fur hat which Kandinsky has here painted orange-red.
  • Each is swinging a long curved sabre, painted mauve.
  • Below the horses is a rainbow bridging a valley, and to the left of that, what appear to be two batteries of guns, one of which is firing, producing a cloud of red and orange flame.
  • On the other side of the valley is a building suggesting a fortress and below it are three more Cossacks again distinguishable by their orange hats.
  • Two of them carry long black lances and the third has his arm extended and is leaning on his sabre.
  • A flock of birds flies agitatedly in the sky.”

This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less.

faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain“. This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States. In other jurisdictions, re-use of this content may be restricted; see Reuse of PD-Art photographs for details.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. debhumphreys says:

    Jennifer, I look forward to your future topic living “Out of Control/Into God’s Hands. Also, the longer I looked at the painting the more I liked it. A very interesting piece of art.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for reading Debbie and i hope you are doing well. You are an amazing light in God’s kingdom:))


  2. Chris Rampey says:

    My sermon last week was on Jesus calming the storm. I found it interesting that the disciples are more afraid after Jesus calms the storm than they were in the storm. They all stepped into the boat with Jesus, they just didn’t realize they were with the Almighty at the same time. It seems the safest place to be whether in or out of the storms is in the boat with Jesus. I look forward to the series. Thanks.

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    1. I really hadn’t thought about it like that before but you are right they were more freaked out once they realized more clearly that he might just be the son of God. Thanks for reading and commenting dear brother you have blessed me today:) May we all learn to live more in God’s hands.


  3. Now that you have helped me, I do see exactly what you describe. Fascinating and altogether appealing. Thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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