“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” ~ I Peter 4:7
This morning I was awaken, not by my little boy gleefully hollering, but to the sounds of planes roaring overhead. Seriously. For a while, it sounded like I had somehow sleepwalked my way onto the set of a World War II film, with bombers buzzing just above our heads.
And it was EARLY. Much too early for me. I’m getting better at the whole early-to-bed-early-to-rise thing, but if you wake me up before I have to, there had better be a good reason.
As I listened to the sounds filling the sky, it slowly dawned on me (pun intended) that there weren’t dozens on planes flying over. The Air Force was not passing through on its way to attack Canada. There was one, stupid plane flying circles over my areas of town, and it would roar by on each loop.
Somehow, this did not help my mood at all.
In fact, it made me downright cranky.
And there was absolutely nothing – zero – that I could do about it.
So I got up, and so did my little boy, since he was apparently not immune to the racket the plane was making, either. And we went about our day. Now, I had a choice in how I would use this extra early start – I could stomp around and grouse about it, or use it.
I think I did a combination – I groused, but I also used it. I put my little one in his stroller and we went for a run. We ate breakfast. He played in the living room while I mopped the kitchen. He went down for a nap and I cleaned my bathroom. All of this before ten a.m.
In the end, I think I made the best out of a situation that I had no control over. Often in our lives, people do things that may affect us in a big way, and there is nothing we can do to stop them. We do, however, have full control over how we react to the situation. In fact, the Bible exhorts us to maintain self-control in all situations. It can be hard when everyone around us isn’t doing the same, but as Christians, we are called to be set apart in the way we act.