Thursday, March 10, 2016

Control Freak

by Danetta Kellar

There is a kind of living that is robotic, driven, foolish. It is a breathless pursuit of the idol, the shining golden statue we have built called Control. In that place we cannot seem to stop. We can’t seem to stop doing, stop pushing, stop running, stop working, stop calculating, planning, measuring, sweeping, shopping, racing, racing, racing. Our body silently cries out for cessation of activity, but we cannot seem to halt the marching. 

We cannot rest. If we do, things might fall apart.

Ever-elusive Control races just ahead, the tails of her shirt are a red blur just beyond our grasp. We run harder, determined to catch up. We are dead-set on controlling this life we live, forcing it into the form we have envisioned in our brokenness. 

Somewhere deep in our hearts we believe if we can just control things, THEN we will be able to rest. Later. 

But one day, one moment, at a most inconvenient time, we fall apart. Our muscles give way to collapse, our minds yield to the fog of weariness, and our hands fall limp at our sides. With a crash, we fall before we reach our self-imposed finish line. 

We were not made to live this way.

The sun rises, and it sets. A never-ending cycle of wake, and sleep. A lesson to all of God’s children.

We were made to rest, work, and rest again. 

Before your feet hit the ground tomorrow morning, pause and connect with the One who controls the sun. He has never failed, never paused, never skipped a day, never been inconsistent. He is constant, steady, secure, fixed, anchored, stable, steadfast. He is the same, never-changing, faithful God who wants to steady and stabilize your life and mine today. 

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. -Proverbs 16:3

Yield your control, your doing, to God. He will establish your plans.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. -Proverbs 16:9

Plan your days, your life. But trust the Lord to direct your steps. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. -Colossians 3:23

Work hard. Work for Him.

God is our strong tower, our Rock. And in that Rock is a cleft where we may rest, and rise again refreshed for the work at hand. When we release control to God, allowing Him to establish our plans, we can look upon our work as He did and say, “It is good.”

Release control to God. Rest. Rise tomorrow refreshed. Repeat.

How have you managed to overcome the obsession with control in your life? Join the conversation!

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