Oh, my goodness, y’all. So, you know how I like listening (okay, blaring) music in my car, right? I will never, ever apologize for cranking up the Jesus beats. Well, Tenth Avenue North has a song out called Control.
Have you heard it yet?
No? Well, allow me to introduce to you the song that has been on repeat in my head for days now.
Part of the chorus goes a little something like this:
God, you don’t need me
But somehow you want me
Oh, how you love me
Somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life
and the way it should go.
To open my hands up and give you control
I give you control.
Really, y’all. This song has been in my head since the first time I heard it.
Is it stuck because the song is catchy? Maybe.
Is it stuck because the lyrics are something I need to hear and really consider? That’s most likely probably so.
Why is it so hard?
Why is it that I (and maybe even you) have such a hard time taking my hands off of my life and the way I think it should go? I know that God’s plans for me are better than my own, but why do I struggle with it?
Why do I get frustrated when the plans I’ve made for myself crumble and slip through my fingers?
Is it because I see a life I’ve envisioned and I’m grasping at the edges of that vision without looking to the One who holds it all?
Y’all, it all boils down to control.
That’s the answer to all of the questions. I want to have control.
But, as life goes on, I’ve learned there are many, many things that are outside of my control. No matter how hard I struggle to grasp hold of the reins, those reins were not meant for my hands.
What does the Word say?
Scripture tells us in several different places that God’s plans and thoughts for me (and for you) are better than my own.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Imagine what would happen– imagine the difference that would be made in this world– if every Christian gave control back to God and let Him guide the way. Imagine what would happen, if we set aside our own plans, desired the plans God set for us, and then went and earnestly sought God for those plans. Scripture tells us He will listen and answer those prayers. We’d become world changers, y’all. World. Changers.
Lord, I give You control
Friends, I absolutely know one thing. The plans I made years ago for myself have mostly crumbled. And I thought those plans were pretty great to start out with.
But, since they crumbled, it’s probably a safe bet to say that those plans weren’t the plans God had set for me. Not the path I was supposed to walk. Not the direction I was supposed to go. And when I sit and think about it, that’s a good thing. Because it’s really hard to tell what destruction would have been waiting for me on down the road if God hadn’t put a halt to my plans. Misery? Brokenness? Loneliness? Who knows. But, I don’t want to find out.
I don’t know all of His plan. There’s a good chance you probably don’t know all of the details of the plan He has set for you, either. And that’s okay. Because if we did know, we’d be grabbing at the wheel fighting for control when it looks like God’s steered us in the wrong direction. (Spoiler: He knows the way. He doesn’t need Siri.)
We can be sure, though, wherever God is leading us, it’s going to be good.
So, y’all, this is me letting go and giving God control. Wherever He leads me, wherever I end up, whatever He calls me to do, I’ll go. And His plan will be better than I ever dreamed.
Shine bright, y’all.