“I like control. I like to know where God is going, exactly what he is doing, the exact route of how we are getting there, and exactly when we will arrive. I also like to remind God of his need to behave in ways that fit with my clear ideas of him. For example, God is merciful, good, wise, loving. The problem, then, is that God is beyond the grasp of ever concept I have of him. He is utterly incomprehensible.” Peter Scazzero
The other day I went to a river with my cousin and we swam in it for a few hours. One thing we noticed was that the current was quite strong in some areas to the point that it made it difficult to hold on the rocks around us or even stand. As we were making our way across the river, we kept slipping due to the current and we would lose our progress. At one point my cousin said something to extent of
“It’s a weird feeling when you let go of the rocks and your have absolutely no control of where you are going.”
This got me thinking. . . How often in life do we actually think we have control of things? Whether it be our finances, our jobs, or our relationships? We get comfortable where we are and actually begin to think we can change circumstances.
The scariest part is the letting go.
We need to realize that we never had control in the first place; but we serve a God who is in control and who has our best interests in mind.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11
The truth is, is that the more control we give back to God, the more freedom and peace we experience.