Imagine that you’re watching a video on the Internet. Maybe it’s YouTube or Facebook or something. You start the video, but the video keeps starting and stopping. “What’s going on?”, you say…
When you watch a video on the Internet, your computer will, as the video starts playing, load as much of the video as possible to give you a smooth and uninterrupted playback. This technique is called ‘buffering’. Buffering is perfect when watching online videos, but it can sometimes be harmful when we try to buffer ahead in our own lives. We naturally try our best to manage some sense of control in our daily life in order to reduce the possibility of increased stress and any other surprises. Despite our attempts to gain control of events that occur, any control you think you have is an illusion. The fact is that we have zero control over our lives.
That truth is a hard pill to swallow, especially if you deal with anxiety, depression, etc. However, coming to grips with that fact is a key step in better managing the daily internal struggle with yourself. A lot of times when an anxiety attack is present, it often brings along feelings of having no control over your life, alongside the other usual symptoms. But if you come to the understanding that you don’t need to have that control in your life, anxiety can’t have that particular foothold over you.
And He said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”
Luke 12:22-26 (ESV)
I’m not saying that we need to just live in the moment and never make plans for the future. But it is important to understand that when our lives aren’t going according to our plan, it’s not because we have lost control. It’s because we were never in control. God is in control of our lives.
“The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
We have nothing to fear. So as you go about your daily life and try to buffer ahead at times, remember that when life starts and stops unexpectedly, God is still ultimately in control of your life and He will see you through.