armsRecently, a close friend of mine went through a scare that would alter her life indefinitely and the outcome was completely out of her control.  I called to console her and she said “Well, it’s in God’s hands now.”  This struck a chord in me that forced me to take a good look at what those words mean to me, and how it reflects on my own relationship with God.

Often times when tragedy strikes and we hear someone say “It’s in God’s hands,” this powerful phrase emits different feelings, emotions, and responses to people depending on the individual’s relationship to God.

For example:

  1. A person with a solid relationship with God might think: Oh, thank God, he’ll take care of it.
  2. A person with a not so close relationship with God might think:  Shut, I haven’t been close to God in a long time so am not sure how I feel about that notion.
  3. A person with zero connection to a higher being might think:  Great, I’m screwed.  I haven’t gone to church, or prayed, so what am I supposed to do, pray now and show up to mass and seem like I only go to God in hard times?
  4. An atheist might think: Ah, that phrase doesn’t apply to me.  What else you got?

There are a lot of ideas and internal responses that come to mind when the unknown exists and that phrase gets tossed out to the universe. Assuming you believe in a higher power, when life or death is in God’s hands, it reminds you to be close with that voice.  Having a relationship with God is challenging.  It takes time, patience, meditation, and awareness of that voice which means being close with yourself. So, the next time you hear those words, think about how it makes you feel.  Your response will help guide you to where you want to be in a relationship with God.  It is a reminder of where you stand with your relationship with God, and if it’s not good, and you want it to be, start working on it.

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Loberg, E. (2013). “It’s in God’s Hands:” What Does That Mean to You?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 1, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/09/04/when-someone-says-its-in-gods-hands-what-does-that-mean-to-you/

 

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