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How God's Divine Intervention Controls What Happens in My Life

Updated on August 9, 2017
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

The Vastness of the Sky Under God's Awesome Control

The vast skies are evident of God's ever-present greatness and control.
The vast skies are evident of God's ever-present greatness and control. | Source

God's Divine Intervention In My Life

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Who is Really in Control of What Happens?

Over the past couple years, I have experienced things in my life, intersected by occurrences that I cannot explain.

I decided long ago on my faith journey that there are just some things that happen that I will never understand.

It's a relief for me to accept, that as powerful as we think we are, coupled with our freewill, we are never really in total control of what happens.

In my experience, I've learned that when something unexpected happens, I attribute it to God's grace falling upon that situation, delivered through his divine intervention.

When Bad Things Happen, Does God Intervene?

Regardless of our individual faiths, we all, at some point have pondered, "Who is really in control?" We especially ask this question when something unexpected and tragic happens to us.

Some occurrences just don't seem to make sense. We wonder what possibly could be the lesson in so much pain and loss.

In his popular book, "When Bad Things Happen To Good People," Rabbi Harold S. Kushner addresses this dilemma.

He shares his own experience with losing a child and the influence the loss had on how he helped others find comfort in God's love and the support of others.

Harold Kushner's Bestseller Addresses Why Bad Things Happen

Quotes from Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

"I pick up the daily newspaper and fresh challenges to the idea of the world's goodness assault my eyes: senseless murders, . . . young people killed in auto accidents on the way to their wedding or coming home from their prom. . . . and I have to ask myself: Can I, in good faith, continue to teach people that the world is good, and that a kind God is responsible for what happens in it?"

"In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people translates itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened."

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, "When Bad Things Happen To Good People" (1981)

God Helps Us Maneuver Through Life's Obstacles

Life presents humps in the road that we have to discern.
Life presents humps in the road that we have to discern. | Source
When to go forward or when to turn around is a dilemma when we have no direction.
When to go forward or when to turn around is a dilemma when we have no direction. | Source

Do We Really Have Control Over Reaching Our Destinations?

Although we can make a decision that can change our course, the road map remains the same. The final destinations don't change.

Our free will causes us to meander, drift, get distracted. We get thrown off by a fork in the road. We stumble, turn left when we should turn right, enter where we shouldn't, and keep going when we should stop.

We move too fast when we need to yield, and at times we become stuck going around in circles.

But we do, in time, get back on course and end up right where we were meant to be, with the gentle nudge and guidance of God's hand.

Which Way Should We Go?

We need to slow down and yield.
We need to slow down and yield. | Source
A right turn could be the wrong turn.
A right turn could be the wrong turn. | Source
There may be more than one way to go.
There may be more than one way to go. | Source

All That Happens is Divinely Ordered

Some of us struggle or contend with the notion of needing proof of, or reason for God's divine hand in what happens to us.

This is where the "let go and let God" mantra comes in, relieving the burden of pondering, with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Divine intervention is indeed a mystery as we try to wrap our heads around the power of God.

Whatever you refer to as your higher power, embrace that there is something bigger out there.

There's a hand in all that happens - - - the good, the bad, the ugly, the blessing, the miracle, the mystery, the curse, and the tragedy - - - accompanied or followed by some form of divine intervention.

That divine intervention may be delivered through the unconditional love and support from family and friends, along with the practice of prayer, gratefulness, praise, and thanksgiving.

Instead of asking 'why,' we learn through faith, that life's lessons bring forth a peaceful acceptance of and appreciation for the outcome of every situation. I know this from experience and I share it below in poetic form.

A Poem About God's Divine Intervention

"Divine Intervention"


It's God's way of keeping all things straight,

Lining up the future to match with fate,

We think we know what lies ahead,

By our own visions, we are led.


We have our goals mapped out to a tee,

Ready, set, go, like one, two, three.

God drops his plan unannounced,

Divinely ordered, our plans bounce.


At times we don't know when or where,

God flips the script from here to there.

Just when we least expect a change,

Our world begins to look real strange.


We ponder trying to figure out,

Our next move as we're hit by doubt.

It's useless trying to make sense of

God's plan that sent from up above.


Persons come and go without warning,

Situations change from night to morning,

Without understanding or a clue,

Divine interventions come out of the blue.


But we must know that what's meant to be,

Is not always meant for our eyes to see,

The twists and turns of God's great plan,

Most of the time is out of our hands.


We must remain open to the lessons,

Just past the test and drop the questions,

For asking why, where, how and when,

We may block our blessing in the end.


Let things be, go with the flow,

Accepting that we're not in control,

With faith and trust and inner reflection,

We open ourselves to God's divine intervention.


JLE 2008

Scriptures on Divine Intervention and God's Control

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Proverbs 19:21

"Many are the plans in the minds of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

Proverbs 16:9

"The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."

[Taken from The Bible, English Standard Version]

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're very welcome, so glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your visit.

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      Unique Hiram 2 years ago from Midwest

      Religion is always a tough and controversial subject to tackle. I totally enjoyed this Hub and thank you for sharing your thoughts Jan.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your comments, glad you liked it. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and read it. Bless you.

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      John 3 years ago

      I really liked your hub. I don't know what words I should use for it. It's amazing, fantastic, and very useful for me. I would like to suggest here a very useful site: http://epicinterventions.com/ for those who wants a Interventionist.

      Thanks

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello there Treasures, nice to meet you. I appreciate all the kudos. Thanks for reading this hub, so glad you can relate. It is a tough subject, even for believers, sometimes. Thanks for the visit, see you again soon in your neighborhood. ;-)

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      This is really thought provoking. I do believe in God's Divine Intervention. There are times when I wanted to step in and do something about some challenges that I have had - but I allowed God to be in control. I think the thing is, we have to allow God to be in control - it's a choice. Life turns out better when we let God take over.

      Kudos to you for tackling a tough subject. Glad I stopped by. Good job! And Congrats on your 100,000k pageviews on Hubpages.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Beautifully said, einron. Thank you for stopping by this evening and blessing this hub.

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      einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      If you believe in God and that He can change things for the better, then you have no fear of what life brings. Trust in Him and He will bring you through the storms of life.

      Trials and tribulations are given to test our belief in God. No one's life is completely smooth and when we know we have a Saviour who watches us, we are without fear. Leave all our decisions to Him and we can rest

      easy. God is our Help and Saviour of mankind.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, pstraubie48, for reading and relating. I very much appreciate the visit and the angels sent.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Trusting that it will make sense because God is ultimately in control makes a challenge, a life challenge we would rather not have, one we can face. I have used the exact quote in an article I wrote

      "In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people translates itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened." I have the book and reread it from time to time. It is so true.....now what will I do? What will I do now that whatever it is has happened? That is the real test at least for me.

      Thank you for sharing this with us....Angels are on the way.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks again for stopping by and sharing your personal experience, shiningirisheyes. Your support is a blessing.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Jan - Just wanted to come back and say "thank you" again for this hub. As you point out so well in this hub, handing it over to God has truly allowed my family, friends, loved ones and myself to survive unbelievable tragedy. I thank God every day for being in my life when nothing else was. I feel true sorrow for those who do not have this faith in their life. It must be difficult.

      Thank you again Jan. Many of God's blessings to you and yours as well.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi getitrite,

      Sorry about the feeling of exclusion with the way I did the poll. I thought nonbelievers and atheist might fall under the 3rd or 4th choice but I see they both lean in other directions that may not fit the person. Thank you for pointing that out. I also thought the comment section might give anyone a chance to express their position. I appreciate your reading the hub and your observation. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      getitrite 4 years ago

      When you asked the poll question, you seem to have totally disregarded any atheist or nonbelievers who read your hubs. Which one of these answers would best describe the position of someone who thinks God is nothing more than an indoctrinated belief in an imaginary character?

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Bless you shiningirisheyes. When you've been through something, you gain true knowledge and wisdom of God's presence. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I truly believe in Gods intervention and a master plan for all of us. This faith and belief system has sustained me through times I never thought I was capable of surviving, but here I am.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for that, Rajan. I'm glad you stopped by and took the time to read and appreciate this poem.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Janis, non believers are free to exercise their beliefs. I have seen God work things to my advantage so many times, no proof of His existence is needed.

      Great poem.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for reading this hub, Lesleysherwood. I truly appreciate your point of view and happy that you shared it with me. Thanks so much for the comment and the follow. See you soon.

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      I don't believe that our paths are written out and that its just destiny. I feel we can change our own future. Saying that I have a deep faith in God and the scriptures do talk about 'all good things come from God'. I found this hub very interesting. It would be a boring world if we all had the same view.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello Matt, sounds like a testimony :-) So glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a happy and blessed holiday.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Doubt there is a God? Look at my life and believe!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, drmiddlebrook, for commenting on that. It was difficult to format. I appreciate your stopping by and reading this hub.

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting read, janshares. Well done; love what you did/said using the road signs. Voted up and interesting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, psrtaubie48, for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate you and your family's story. I remember reading your hubs when I came to hubpages. Continue to be blessed and thank you for the angels.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I wanted to shout, AMEN...so I am AMEN...Being unafraid to let go and let God has been the way that my family has survived the last 17 years. And Through this same mantra, the rest of our journey will be lead by the same compass that guides our lives.

      I know and like you say cannot prove except by my own personal knowledge that God is in control.

      And I am thankful for that.

      Thanks for sharing this Voted up Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Carol, I'm never sure about a lot of things either. Thank you soooo much for reading it and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for stopping by, Mark. I've learned a lot from my experiences. I appreciate your reading this hub and commenting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Not sure about this but it was a well done hub. Sometimes I feel one way and at other times.. different.

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      Mark Knowles 4 years ago

      Seems to me that this is just a way of not accepting responsibility and not trying to learn anything.