In Control

So often we try to be in control.  Usually of everything.  In my devotional book it has been saying that we should trust God to take care of the details and not try to do everything by ourselves. I want to be in control, but I don’t want to think about the details.  Is that too much to ask?   I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time giving anyone control over anything that I feel is mine.  This is also the case when it comes to God.   But, God in His infinite wisdom decided to challenge me on it.  I recently had a miscommunication with a good friend of mine which led to some stress on our relationship.  I had done everything I could do to fix it and I wasn’t sure that it was going to be enough.  Because I didn’t know what else to do, I started talking to God.  I told him that I had screwed up and I needed Him to help me with the details, especially the ones I couldn’t control.  I went to bed trusting God to do something about the details.  I awoke refreshed and feeling good until I remembered the details.  I quickly got on my computer to see if my friend had tried to communicate with me.  When I saw how my friend responded, I was relieved.  Then it hit me.  God had answered my prayer and taken care of the details.  He even chose to do it in a way that I couldn’t possibly miss.  He restored my relationship using the exact words and way that I had given God.  I am sure that I will continue to struggle with giving up control; however, God has shown me that He is IN CONTROL and that I don’t need to be.

All I can say is this hymn:  What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and grief to bear,

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayer!

How true rings this hymn and now I have personal experience to prove it.  Thank you, God for answering me and once again proving how trustworthy You are.  I challenge you to trust God and leave the details to Him.  Your life will be better because you will be doing it God’s way.

One comment
  1. Alyssa, you are such a great writer – I love how you always write about what God is doing in your life, and then close with a challenge for us! It is SO hard to allow God to be in control of everything (although just saying that makes me feel silly because of course He is ultimately in control whether we ‘let’ him be or not). 🙂 I think it’s a many-times-daily decision for me, to let go and let Him do the work. This is great timing, too, because my little Davey is having a minor surgery tomorrow morning and I have already had to leave my fear and dread about that in God’s hands over and over and over today. 🙁

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