Do you have a younger sister? Well, I do, and we talk on the phone a LOT. She is my “person” that I go to when I am worried and the one I call when I have fun and exciting news. Although she probably doesn’t know it, she is my accountability person for my devotions and helps me keep God in the forefront.
I remember years ago when she and I were talking about flying in an airplane. I had a trip to Alaska coming up, and I started to fret over the long plane trip I would have to take. My sister is not a huge fan of flying, but she had a tidbit of wisdom that she imparted to me that helped me on my trip.
She asked me what my biggest issue with flying was, and I had to admit that it was probably the feeling of lack of control. I had no control over who was flying the plane, who had repaired or worked on the plane, where those people had been, or who got on the plane with me. Then, my younger sister pointed out that flying was no different from anything else that I did in my life. She said that I actually didn’t have control of ANYTHING in my life, but I was just under an illusion of control.
Woah! That shook me a little, but she was correct as I got to thinking about her words. I might be in control of setting the thermostat in the house, but I cannot control the electricity actually flowing to the house. A storm can easily knock out the electricity, and it wouldn’t matter what the thermostat was set on.
I might be the person who picks out a specific type of meat at the grocery store, but I am not in control of making sure that the store has meat for me to purchase. Maybe I should have used toilet paper as my illustration; I am sure that most of you would understand that since all stores experienced empty shelves at some point this year.
I jump in my car to go to the store, and I control the direction that my car travels. But, I cannot control if a tire decides to blow-out, if a rock rolls off the mountain in front of me, or if the person heading in my direction falls asleep.
The crazy thing is, instead of me freaking out that all of my control had been an illusion, it calmed me down. Since I wasn’t in control of hardly anything, then why would I worry? Besides, if I wasn’t in control, then the Lord was! And, honestly, I would much rather know that the Lord was in control than me.
Yesterday, my sister and I were again talking, and the subject of the new year came up. She said her goal for the upcoming year was to grow closer to God and talk to Him throughout the day. She said that she would try to “Let Go” and instead “Let God” control her path.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
The Lord gives us the power of choice to choose which way we turn, what we believe, and who we wish to follow. But, the Lord still lights our path and gives us gentle nudges to choose the path we should travel.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
So, we all need to make the choice to “LET GO – AND LET GOD!” Who would you rather be in control???
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!