We think we’re clever. We think we know what is best. WE…think we are in control. We try to control our finances, our homes, where we’ll live, where we’ll work. Our goal is to assimilate our lives the way we perceive they should be. The events that take place, of course are all played out just the way we want, on specific points of “our” timeline. Another thing we think we are good at is damage control. If I do this and this and more of that, and if I store up enough of those, THHEEEEN none of “it” will happen. Well in the famous words of our dear Forrest Gump.. “Poo happens.”…and yes that was the G rated version. Did we ever consider that in an attempt to grip our lives with such a ferocity we somehow manage to collapse our own perfect little systems..all in an effort to preserve them. We should have a serious encounter with humility and do it quick because what we actually know is very little in comparison to our Almighty God.
As His children we are called to a great purpose but also tend to carry a load that is not ours to carry. Sometimes because of what we’ve been taught or experienced in our lives we have a tendency to constantly be on “damage control”…always trying to fix or prevent things and we end up with an ugly self-fulfilled prophecy. Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda said that “We often meet our destiny on the road to avoid it.” Although a child’s movie I would have to agree with that statement. The only way we can beat the odds is to rely solely on Christ. The closest we will ever come to control is through prayer to the ONE, TRUE living God. This is the way it was/is meant to be. The control we demand to keep and the heavy burdens we try to carry were not meant for us because Christ carried them for us. He’s telling us that He’s here to gladly take the drivers seat. Although as christians we are held to a higher standard and the responsibility is great, we try to DO and CONTROL too much.
“Going deeper we could talk about the nature of freedom itself. Does freedom mean that you are allowed to do whatever you want to do? Or we could talk about all the limiting influences in your life that actively work against your freedom. Your family genetic heritage, your specific DNA, your metabolic uniqueness, the quantum stuff that is going on at a subatomic level where only I am the always-present observer. Or the intrusion of your soul’s sickness that inhibits and binds you, or the social influences around you, or the habits that have created synaptic bonds and pathways in your brain. And then there’s advertising, propaganda, and paradigms. Inside that confluence of multifaceted inhibitors, what is freedom really? Only I can set you free but freedom can never be forced.”-Papa, The Shack
With all that there is in this world why would we want anyone other than Christ in control of us and our lives? Thought provoking at all????
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight~Proverbs 3:5-6
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.~ 1 Peter 5:7