Don't be foolish - Understand the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:17)

"Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." - Ephesians 5:17

And I would like to argue that it's not throwing our hands up in the air and yelling "Jesus take the wheel." Now what I'm not saying is that you should never depend on the Lord. You should ALWAYS depend on the Lord. But you should also ALWAYS have your hands on the wheel. Because the nature of this physical world the Lord has made is that if you take your hands off the wheel of a car you will crash.

I actually remember a story of a friend of mine in High School. She came to school and was dying to tell someone about her little brother. He was 8 or so at the time and had been riding his bike through his neighborhood (now keep in mind that I grew up in Colorado and this girl lived in the mountains), and apparently he decided to see how long he could ride with his eyes closed. An impressively brave little dude he managed a number of seconds before plummeting into a tree and receiving shockingly little by way of bruises and scrapes.

Anyhow I'm saying this in reference to the many many people I know who believe that using birth control is taking control away from God. In my opinion it is the exact same thing as taking your hands off a car's wheel or a bike's handlebars - if you take your hands off you will crash. Period. And if you stop using birth control you will have babies. That's the way it works. It's a physical world. The Lord governed this world with science and you cannot lay in bed in the morning and say "If it's the Lord's will I'll get to work today." Because you have to move your legs. God has the power to get you there, but will probably not do it.

Don't be foolish. And when you know the will of the Lord don't sit on your hands and wait for the Lord to work. Sometimes we need to be patient on the Lord but sometimes waiting is foolish and in understanding the Lord's will we need to act on our own will in this physical world.

On another note did I mention my wife is pregnant with kiddo number 2? Due sometime in October (and despite the discussion in this post earlier yes this was very planned).