Some of us can be controlling at times (you, I mean we, know who we are). We think we know best and want things to turn out our way. We are also sometimes afraid that if we don’t guide or manage circumstances, we will experience pain or suffering, even if it’s only the pain of having to admit someone else is right.
It’s extremely difficult to give up control and/or being controlling, which is why we rarely see anyone do it these days. Watch the news, go on social media, go to the office – everyone wants to be in control and they fight to gain and maintain it. There’s a better way but even followers of Jesus have trouble with it, and that is surrendering the need to control to him. We do try and sometimes we succeed, but we are often afraid of what will happen if we completely surrender. Either we think he’s taking too long, or we have a better idea or we just plain don’t trust him enough.
It comes down to getting the results we want, even though we don’t always know what’s best for ourselves or for others. To give up our need for control, we have to abandon the results to God and let him decide – the who, what, when, where and even the why. Submitting to his love and wisdom and then surrendering to his long-term vision and plans is always in our best interest and will always give the best result – now and into eternity.