“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…”
This is the first line of the serenity prayer, which is one of my favorites.
However, I never thought deep into this line until today.
Serenity is defined as
“the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled”
This is something I, and many of us, definitely struggle with.
We as humans need control. We strive for it.
Wars happen because of control.
Fear happens because of control.
Anxiety happens because of control.
We want control over our lives, our situation, our home, our friends, our environment etc.
When we cannot change something that makes us uncomfortable we freak out because we cannot control the circumstance.
So, we ask God to grant us the serenity to accept what we cannot change.
What this is basically saying is
“God, when You take the steering wheel, let me not really freak out about that.”
I mean come on.
It is scary.
God could decide to take us down a road we have never been on.
God could decide to drive for 12 hours throughout the night.
God could decide He will drive over a lake.
In those moments, even if we could see God’s hands on the wheel, we would still be so afraid.
Serenity is not something that will come overnight.
Though, I really wish it did.
It is a gift we have to prayer for and an ability we have to practice.
Trusting in God is the first step. When we trust in God we let Him take the wheel from us. We say, “Here you go God, drive.”
But achieving the serenity, the calmness, the coolness, the carefree nature, when God decides to take you somewhere you did not want to go…..that is the tough part.
Friends, this week let us strive for serenity in our hardship. We have given God the wheel, we are here, we cannot change it.
However, let us not forget the second line of the prayer
“….courage to change the things I can.”
Trust. Choose serenity. Display courage. And enJOY the ride.