Prepare to Keep Control

Prepare to Keep Control

Snow days in the South are celebrated like holidays.  We don’t get very many, but when we do, it’s the headline for weeks.  Grocery stores quickly run out of milk and bread, entire states shut down, and many of the major thoroughfares become parking lots.  As a result, we are faced with the “We are all stuck in the house and can’t go anywhere” blues.

Control…or lack of it

Most of us are more at ease when we are in control of our daily schedule.  If we choose to stay at home all day in our pajamas and binge watch Netflix, that’s fine.  When nature steps in and forces us to stay at home all day, we can have extremely high levels of “cabin fever” which can produce symptoms such as anger, arguing, yelling, and an increased overall stress level in the house.  Add a power outage to that and “cabin fever” goes to another level. 

Thankfully, God’s Word guides us even in times like these. Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.” It’s no surprise to the God of the universe that you’re stuck at home when you hadn’t plan to be. This time can become treasured if you make the most of it.

One habit of a Jesus-like leader is solitude. When was the last time you sat down with no distractions – no cellphone, no computer up, no one else around – and rested in the presence of the Lord? Snow days can be days of rest when you set aside time to have solitude with Jesus.

When did you last sit down and rest in the presence of the Lord?

Always Be Prepared

This familiar phrase has a great deal of validity attached to it.  Being prepared can alleviate some of the stress associated with not being in control.  If we know there is a chance that something will happen – like “cabin fever” associated with inclement weather – we should take some steps to prepare for it.

If we do some planning and preparation, we can mitigate some of this by having planned activities for the children (and adults).  Even if there isn’t enough snow to build a snowman you can still have outdoor fun in what little snow you have.  Snow days are great for family time – games, movies, camping out in the living room, and making fun treats to eat.  If there is a power outage, cooking on the grill or in the fireplace can be an adventure.  You can also prepare warm treats for the linemen that will, at some point, appear on your road to fix your power. 

You may be familiar with the adage ‘attitude is everything.’ Whether it’s your outlook when you’re stuck at home or your response when the power goes out, your attitude impacts those around you. As a leader in your home, it’s important to remember the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 117: 24 which says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (ESV)

In life, we will have many different experiences in which our level of control will vary from no control to full control.  The great thing is if you are a follower of Jesus, you have the benefit of knowing that God is always in control.  As we are reminded in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

What steps do you take to ensure a great outcome from an unanticipated interruption?