Do you work really hard to be in control? Do you get frustrated or angry when this world throws you a curve ball and things don’t go your way?
This used to describe me. I am a planner and a strategical thinker so my natural tendency is to try to organize the world around me according to my desired outcome.
I wanted control.
I was gradually learning what a waste of time it was to try to control everything around me when I had a defining moment. I learned the hard, painful truth about how much I am NOT in control. My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. Reality slapped me in the face. The only thing I’m in control of is my response to what happens to me.
You are not in control, either. Trying to control other people or circumstances will use up your time and energy on something that just is not possible.
Does it surprise you that this issue of wanting to be be in control goes way back to the Garden of Eden?
Satan tempted Eve to eat the apple which was a sin by saying, “God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”. Genesis 3:5.
You will be like God.
Let’s face it. When you and I are trying to make everything around us work out the way we want it to, we are trying to be like God.
That’s God’s job, not our’s. He is all-knowing and all-powerful and perfect. We are not. Far from it. We prove it over and over as we mess up our lives by trying to make everything happen like we want.
I have stopped trying to be in control. I’m done. It’s all a facade’ anyway. I know who really is in control and I claim my dependence on him. My life is in God’s hands. It’s a great place to be – filled with strength and love and peace.
Thank you, Abba Father.