126. When something bad happens, what’s something quick I can tell myself so I don’t freak out?

09 Sep, 2011

We of course know that God is in control, and we aren’t. And we know verses like Romans 8:28 where it says all things work together for good. But sometimes you just need a quick phrase to keep your mind on track. Something more than “Hakuna Matata.”

Something that’s been working for me lately is telling myself this… “God knows what He’s doing.” Feel free to alter that phrase.  Like, “Stop freakin’ out, God knows what He’s doing.”  Or, “Put down the knife, God knows what He’s doing.”

To me that one little phrase sums up a verse like Romans 8:28, while also affirming that I don’t have any control over what’s going on but He does. It also suggests that I don’t know or need to know the purpose of what’s going on or how God is trying to grow me, because He knows what He’s doing. In five quick words it sums up the answers to a lot of hang ups I have when something bad happens. Maybe it’ll work for you. If that doesn’t work, you can also try, “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!”

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.