Reflecting on 1 & 2 Kings, Eugene Peterson says, “Sovereignty, God’s sovereignty, is one of the most difficult things for people of faith to live out in everyday routines. But we have no choice: God is sovereign.” Maybe this is because there is something of a control freak living in me. The Bible calls it my flesh–a sinful disposition to shove God off of the thone and live as if I could control circumstances in order for life to fulfill my will. I confess that I have had to learn the hard, and stressful way, that I can’t carry the world (or even just my world) on my small shoulders. Peterson is right again, saying, “Human beings, no matter how well intentioned or gifted, don’t seem to be able to represent God’s rule anywhere close to satisfactory.” And so I pray that I will be given the grace to do the difficult: live out the implications of God’s sovereignty in everyday routines, remembering that not only can he carry the world in his hand, but that those hands have been pierced. This reminds me that when I experience the hard things, that God has a redemptive purpose in and through it. I am not being punished. I am experiecing the refining of faith as an adopted, eternally loved, blood-bought child of the King.