Out of Control

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

A small natural disaster created a major inconvenience here a few years ago. On national radar it was a blip. Locally it was a rockslide.


Seven thousand tons of rock slipped off the mountain and across U.S. Highway 50 like a broken string of beads. The 20-foot swath closed the two-lane road west of Cañon City for nearly a week. Commuters, tourists, and delivery trucks had to reroute more than 100 miles out of their way.

Twenty feet doesn’t seem like much, roughly the length of a modern living room. But when individual boulders are themselves 20 feet across, there’s no getting around the issue.

Road crews broke, blasted, and drilled the boulders into more manageable pieces before loading them into trucks. Three hundred truck loads later, traffic again flowed along the main artery that courses through Colorado’s Arkansas River canyon.

It doesn’t take much to stop our forward progress: a big rock, downsizing. A disabled refrigerator, a disabling illness. Rumors of war. Death.

How startling to discover that we are not in control after all.

How dare those rocks slide into our path. How dare our boss fire us. How dare we get sick now when we’re so busy.

How dare the carefully threaded beads of my life come tumbling down around my feet and roll away.

And how glad I am – truly – that it’s not all up to me.

Oh, God what would I do without You? Thank You for being bigger than anything that happens in my world and for having my eternal interest at heart. Amen.

I have told you all this
so that you may have peace in me.
Here on earth you will have
many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because
I have overcome the world.
John 16:33


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This post excerpted from my devotional book,
Always Before Me – 90 Story-Devotions for Women


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2 thoughts on “Out of Control

  1. Elaine Kiefer

    I have this devotional and have been through it twice and will probably read it again. It is so inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for being obedient to write it.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Elaine. I’m glad it’s been a blessing to you.


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