When We Lose Control

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 14:43-50

The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him. (v. 44)

Theologian Henri Nouwen wrote that this moment—the moment Judas betrays his Lord—divided Jesus’ life in two. The first part of Jesus’ life is filled with activity he himself initiates. He preaches. He teaches. He heals. He goes here, goes there. But the moment Judas betrays Jesus, at that moment the second part begins. Now, instead of doing things, Jesus becomes one to whom things are done. He is arrested. He is taken to the high priest. He is taken to Pilate. He is crowned with thorns. He is nailed to a cross.

I see more and more people having less and less control over the factors that affect their existence. The area of life in which we act is a lot smaller than the area in which we are acted upon by factors beyond our control. A farmer loses his entire crop in a freak hailstorm. A woman loses her husband in a car crash. A grandparent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. A worker loses his job when the factory shuts down.

The life of Christ teaches us that even when we lose control, even when things are done to us, we can still trust our heavenly Father, believing that “. . . all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).


Father, help me to trust you.