If we go on vacation, I like to have a hotel reserved and KNOW where I’m going to stay. Even if the plan changes (and on our last vacation, it changed like three times!), I like to have a plan and when the plan needs to be changed, make a new plan.
I like KNOWING what is going to happen. I think it’s my way of trying to keep things under control. How about you?
Control, such a funny word for such a crazy world. How much can we control anyway? Especially if we are committing to follow God.
I’ve always loved the idea of the passage:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
But it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that I liked the IDEA of those verses more than I like the ACTUALITY of those verses.
I started to realize that my affinity for planning and trying the KNOW or CONTROL what is going to happen may just be getting in God’s way.
“Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
“In his heart a man plans his course, BUT the LORD determines his steps.” Proverb 16:9
If His plans are different than mine (and they are),
and they include things I don’t even know about yet (and they do),
and I’m going to be better off doing things His way (and I will),
WHY, of WHY, do I want to try to plan things so much???
If this is ringing in your heart like it is mine, let’s pray this together:
Father God, I officially give You control. I trust Your plans. I’m actually really excited about them. I commit to following you. Even if I don’t recognize the path, I trust You and know it takes me to a good place.
I trust you Father. I commit to following You and being ok not knowing, or trying to know, all that is happening.
In Jesus name, Amen!
I needed this reminder!
Wow! So good, Pastor Nicole! This really spoke to me. Sometimes I can be a bit of a control freak. I also struggle when MY plans fall through.
I trust God has bigger and better plans than I can even imagine!
Amen! Pastor Nicole, this message was right on time! Thank you so much…
Love your words and videos of encouragement. In total agreement with the prayer. Father God, thank you for directing my steps all these years, and please continue to keep me in your paths. May I never swerve to the right or to the left, but keep my eyes and ears open to see, and hear from you, and you only. In Jesus Name. Thank you, Father.
Ok, God. I’m picking up what you’re throwing down. Control is squarely related to trust and if you dont have your trust in the right place, you’ll rely on self instead of God who says and proves he has plans for us…good plans, plans to give us a hope and a future. If only we would call to Him, He’d answer us and show us great and mighty things we don’t know…and can’t foreknow. without Him leading and guiding in everything. *sigh*