I’ve got this totally outrageous fear of drowning. The only highway that gets me to my university from home includes a long bridge that rests above a gigantic lake. Every time I drive over the bridge myself, I don’t even think twice – it’s easy! But say that I’m the passenger while someone else is driving, and the situation would be completely different. My heart will race the entire time we’re over the water and I’ll be silently praying that we can get there without somehow submerging under water.
Most of us will admit, we are obsessed with the idea of being in control. We don’t appreciate being in situations that we can’t control for ourselves because it seems, well, dangerous! So, understandably then, it’s hard to let go of things and trust God to take care of our situations instead.
“…And God, more than anything, I pray that Your will would be done in my life!”
I’m sure there are plenty of us who have spoken something similar in our time spent with the Lord in prayer. I know I certainly have – in fact, I do it almost every day!
Having grown up in the church, I knew that it was God’s will that I wanted most for my life. Believe me, I’d tried several times to take matters into my own hands. I would try to think out the best possible scenario for my life and then try to implement it. But I forgot one important factor – I wasn’t in control of ANYTHING. But God was!
That’s when it occurred to me – as frustrating as it was that I wasn’t in control of life’s situations, there wasn’t anyone I would trust more with my life than my loving Father. He’s looked out for me since day one and has promised me such wonderful things. I know He knows what’s best for me, WHEN it is best for me, because He loves me more than anyone in this world does.
And so I began to pray the above prayer. “Lord, please let Your will be done.” And I waited patiently, let go of everything I was trying to do for myself, and gave Him the authority in my life.
It wasn’t until I heard a timely sermon at church that I realized that the Lord’s will IS His Word. What He wants most for me and you and every one of us, is that we would follow His Word!
This whole time I thought I was doing the right thing by sitting back and letting God take the reigns of my life. While submitting my life to Him was a good thing, I mistakenly believed it would not require any work on my end. But it does! Not only do I need to stop trying to control my own life, but I’ve also got the important task of obeying what His Word is telling me to do in the meantime. It’s only when I actually listen and implement what His Word says that I can experience life the way that He meant for me to!
We’re so blinded by this idea of constantly controlling every part of our lives that we lose out on trust exercises like this that will build our faith! While God wants us to trust Him to take care of our every need, He also expects us to make sure we’re preparing ourselves for what His will IS. And that only comes by obeying what His Word says.
It may not be easy to “let go and let God,” but it is certainly worth it in the end! 🙂
“Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.” | Joshua 1:9