For the past week, I couldn’t find my house keys. I looked everywhere for them: the car, my jacket pocket, the basket for keys in the kitchen, outside in the yard. I even checked the numerous pockets in my purse, but I just couldn’t find them. After a day or two of looking, I just decided to use the spare key and thought to myself “They should turn up soon.” Although I was somewhat concerned about not being able to find them, I knew they were around the house.
So this morning before church, while I was digging through my purse to grab my car keys, lo and behold my house keys were staring at me right in the face from the bottom of the big pocket of my purse. I literally said “Oh my goodness.” My 9 year old asked, “what’s wrong?” I proclaimed that I found my keys, in the main place that I had been looking for them, but just couldn’t see them. She laughed at my blunder and I said out loud, somewhat to myself, “Things always show up when you stop looking for them.”
How many times have we allowed faith, the universe or divine intervention to intervene when we finally decided relinquish control within our thoughts and our life?
I know that seems like a stretch, especially since we’re only talking about house keys but in all seriousness, it makes sense.
A lot of times in our lives, we feel like we need to be in control or overthink everything that’s going on around us: work, parenting, finances, relationships and so on and so forth. I know it can be difficult to not constantly think about how our lives are going to turn out. We want everything to go as planned without any obstacles and when they don’t, we feel like things are falling a part.
When in reality they might just be falling into place.
Finding my keys after deciding not to look so hard for them anymore, felt like magic.
The same thing can be said about the desires we want in life and every time the moment I decide to relinquish some control or stop worrying is when the thing I need the most comes to me in the most deserving way. And the funny thing is, I know that. I’ve always known that but humans are over thinkers by nature, just at different levels. I honestly have a tendency to overthink, especially with the desires of my heart and with the aspects of my life that don’t always go the way I want. It’s a gift and a curse.
I saw a quote that read “If you can’t stop thinking about it, it’s probably worth going after.” I think about this every time I decide to start a goal or aspiration However, if you can’t stop thinking about an unfortunate occurrence in your life, the thoughts usually end up hurting you more than the actual act. I’ve had to learn to release whatever was out of my control, in addition to having faith that the desires I want most in my life will arrive at the right time and most importantly, the right way.
The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. -Chris Pine