Merriam-Webster defines the word sovereign when used as an adjective as:
1a : superlative in quality : excellent
b : of the most exalted kind : supreme
c : having generalized curative powers
d : of an unqualified nature : unmitigated
e : having undisputed ascendancy : paramount
2a : possessed of supreme power
b : unlimited in extent : absolute
c : enjoying autonomy : independent
3: relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a supreme ruler : royal
As I read through this definition, I could not help but think that only God can truly lay claim to all of the above which means that only God is truly sovereign. That being said, we often deny and/or ignore the sovereignty of God.
Now, it may not be surprising that the sovereignty of God is not recognized or accepted by non-Christians. However, I am not talking about non-Christians at the moment. I am talking about Christians. We come before God with our list of demands, never stopping to consider exactly who we are speaking to. We have the audacity to attempt to dictate to God when and how He is going to do things. When it doesn't happen our way, we declare that must not have been God because if it were, He would do things according to our directions, right?
We must not fail to remember exactly who God is and He does things according to His plan, not ours. I've become acutely aware of this over the past three years for if one were to just look at the external factors, God's plan for me doesn't look so hot. In reality though, it has been a most amazing journey which has allowed my relationship with God to go to a whole new level and it has been a doorway to take others there as well.
Were the circumstances exactly what I wanted? No! It has involved critical illness, horrifying and painful treatment, stays in ICU, titanium in my head and unemployment and yet at the end of the day, my cup has overflowed with the blessings of God. Could a ask for anything more?