Can you think of a moment when you felt powerless? A moment in time when you had no control over a situation and you had no idea how to deal with it? I can.

I was only a month away from having my first child. I was driving. I was driving in December on a country road covered with snow and unseen black ice.  I remember it well. Just trying to get from point A to point B and thinking about my days’ events. I was halfway home. Then, in a moments breath, I found myself in a whirlwind as my car spun out of control. I knew I was in the middle of an uncontrollable moment and was clueless of how to gain power.  Hanging on to the steering wheel for dear life, I took my foot off the pedals and let come what may. Not aware of any on coming traffic…not seeing the full situation…and only focusing on when the car would finally stop, all I could say loudly was, “What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?”

What seemed like an eternity, was over in seconds. After making several complete circles, the car stopped in the opposite direction that I was traveling, on the right side of the road. Heading back to where I had just come from, I looked in all directions. No cars were coming. I gained my composer and headed for home.

What did I learn from this? Well, #1 Black ice is real and bigger than me. #2 I was powerless.

In life, we can have many obstacles that render us powerless.

I know of a woman who faced an even more powerless situation than I ever have.

The story opens with few prominent business men who had an agenda to take down the town’s leader, the good guy.  They were tired of his ethics and values and their plot was to catch him breaking a law. A woman, who had broken the law and caught in the immoral act was exposed to the town in all her ugliness. The sentence for her crime could have been execution.  Death. She had become powerless.  They took her to the leader with their proof and accusations hoping he would agree with their decision. Hoping to entrap him. The story began with the prominent business men wanting to expose her but the plot thickens as they now want to bring down the respected towns leader along with her.

Just imagine being prosecuted before the town among all you know. Publicly humiliated in front of all your friends and family. All your guilt and shame is an open book for all to read. You are powerless.

I pause for a moment to reflect on the woman. Who is she? Would you be offended if I said she was you? She’s also me.  We have all sinned. Sometimes we are caught, sometimes we’re not. We all know guilt. We all know shame.

Now, let’s get back to the story. As the men threw her to the leader and the town’s people, they lay the facts out on the table. “She is guilty. The law says to kill her,” they said. “What do you say?”

The leader stooped down and began writing something.

Again….I emphasize, she was powerless.

“What do you say?” they asked.

The merciful leader exposed the men of their hypocrisy. How could they expose her when they were guilty of immorality themselves?

He bent down again and began writing. One by one, the crowd dispersed. Their plan backfired. The woman went her way and was told to not be found guilty of this again.

I’m sure you’ve heard this story. If not, you can read about it here.

So, we’re talking about being powerless. If you have ever felt stuck, trapped by hurts, hang-ups or addictions, or even circumstances…then, you have been powerless.

Here are four decisions that can help you to freedom.

  1. Don’t deny the pain. Recognize it, address it and give it to God.
  2. Admit your powerless. It’s not a sign a weakness but rather strength.
  3. Don’t play God. Don’t try to control people or the situation. Let God be in control.
  4. Admit you need help from others. It makes the journey so much easier.

God has more freedom to move in your life and move you, when you admit you’re powerless. Change doesn’t happen overnight. And that’s ok. We’re on his journey together.

Please come back next month to read about “HOPE”

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7 thoughts on “Powerless

  1. I’ve had the same experiences. Some days, for whatever reasons, I don’t feel much like going to church… Which, for me, is all it is if my heart’s not in it. I hope to consider myself a loving, believing Christian trying to reach my goal of that eternal home. But, sometimes I get caught up in myself and find it a struggle maintaining that enthusiasm. One of those days, the preacher spoke directly to me. It was like I was the only one sitting there. How did he know I needed to hear that? How did he read my thoughts? I’m so glad God nudges me on those days. Otherwise, I would have missed out on a life/turning, thought-changing moment. So glad our windows are close in view. 😃

  2. When the pastor preaches sometimes it feels like he reads my mail. I know it’s the Holy Spirit but I feel like the pastor was at my home during the week. Well, you must be reading my mail, too. I just admitted to the Lord this morning during Bible study of a situation I am powerless in and truly give it to Him. Try as I might, my will power is lacking. This post is both encouraging as well as strengthening. Thank you so much for posting!

    • Thanks so much! So sorry I can not reply on your blog. I can not seem to find you when I click on your gravatar, there’s no link or site to follow. 🙁

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