My family is getting ready to head out of town for a few days this week and I know I’ve shared with you all before that when we go out of town I am a planner. I’m talking pretty much every minute of each day we’re gone has some kind of activity attached to it. I look forward to traveling but what I really enjoy more than anything is the planning time leading up to it. So you can imagine my surprise this past Wednesday evening when my husband asked me “Hey do we have any ideas what we want to do next week when we’re in Chicago?”. I did my best to stay calm as I told him that I would pull up our typed out itinerary of where we will be and when. “Yes dear, here are some of my “ideas”!” My husband has an ability to be very go with the flow when we are traveling, which you probably know is important with a 5 and 1 year old, but for some reason I have no chill.
When it comes to our “normal” life and a typical week, we pretty much function in exactly opposite roles to what I just described. I’m spur of the moment, not the best planner, while he is more structured and his brain is wired to process things in a certain way, because he is an engineer. I think that’s why we balance each other out pretty well.
I have no idea how our trip this week will turn out. But what I do know is that I have a really. hard. time. giving up control over what this experience is going to be like. And it’s not just this trip – I like control. But as Christians we know that true happiness, a truly fulfilling life in Christ – that comes when we can truly surrender that control.
In Isaiah 55, verses 8-11, we read these words:
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
His ways are higher than my ways, and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. That simply means that I am not here on this earth so I can fulfill all my own wants and needs. We find true freedom when we allow God to restore us to how we were always meant to be. It’s finding our own way to escape that feeling of wanting to control our lives and our destiny and remember that what we were always meant to be – or WHO we were always meant to be - is like Jesus. Jesus was broken for others. For me. And for you.
So my story of our trip to Chicago and all the control I’m wanting to have – in the grand scheme of things that’s all pretty trivial. But maybe in your life it feels like something bigger. You want control over the fact that you’re single and that’s not how you thought your life was going to play out. And you want control over things have happened in the past that are still affecting you today.
What if we can remember that we were uniquely created for this day, for this moment, for this specific encounter with God asking you to surrender to Him. What area of your life do you need to give Him control over? Remember that you’re not alone!