The topic this Sunday has to do with control. It is a crowning achievement of the human condition to be able to have control in our lives, but we must ask ourselves how much control do we really have in any given situation? How do we discern the extent of our ability to control things and how do we know when to relinquish control and let faith in the forces that know better have their way?
What has become evident to me is that there is, indeed, a Presence that steers life in the most subtle, gentle, wise, and holistic way. Looking back on certain events in my life - relationships, career moves, decisions - I couldn’t imagine at the time that I’d be happy with the outcome. But everything seemed to fall into place when I stopped trying to ‘push the river.’ There aren’t any easy answers to the question of the right path to take, the right decision to make, when to direct events and when to relinquish control, but there’s one phrase in Deuteronomy that will be read this Sunday that gives a clue: “I have set before you life and death... choose life.”