Sometimes it takes a brave person to realize that no matter how hard you try,
there are some things you simply CANNOT control...
Things We Cannot Control:
our shoe size
the family to which we were born
our hair colour (well not quite anymore)
Many of them are unimportant, really quite inconsequential actually, so they're easy to overlook.
Others, take more of a conscience effort to surrender:
how people perceive us
people's willingness to love us, or try to understand us
other's behaviour towards us, or our loved ones
how loved ones behave towards one another
Recently, some circumstances 'slapped me in the face', reminding me of how little control I actually have over this life...
Oh, I try. I try SO hard. Control is something I find very hard to relinquish.
Often giving my best effort on the agenda. Putting in safe guards wherever I can think of them. Trying to do everything by the book.
Sounds good, doesn't it?
Except often the self-righteous, independent mode kicks in.
In the morning it's a prayer, "how much I need you today Lord," but the afternoon may show quite a different story.
Today, I had to fully surrender. Again.
Another person's willingness to work together.
A hope & a promise that I'm still waiting on.
A dream that God put in my heart years ago, but the calendar is still turning and I'm not seeing anything.
Proverbs 3: 5/6
"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,
and lean not on YOUR own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
When life feels like it's spiraling out of control...
When the things you cannot control seem like a GIGANTIC mountain in front of you...
When all of the sweetness in life seems to have been drained out by all of the storms...
Turn to the One who controls it all.
"Blessed Be Your Name" By Matt Redman & London Community Choir