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Aug 3, 2009

Surrender



I'm a complete control freak. There, I admit it. I like plans and I like order. I don't like change and I'm pretty impatient. So when Jesus says to trust him and don't worry about what the future holds, I tend to say, "nice one, Jesus, but that's easier said than done." I have this idea of what my life should look like in about 10 years and sometimes I honestly believe that what I've planned actually matters.

Here's the thing, though...God's in control. I forget that on a daily basis. But he promises it in Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" I once heard a metaphor about a life being like riding a two-person bike with us and Jesus as the riders. Everything would be fine if we just sat in the back seat and peddled and let Jesus do the steering, but more often than not, we take the handle bars and try to direct the bike. For me, it takes a crowbar to get me to release my grip on the steering column. But when I do, the ride is so much smoother and I can actually enjoy the scenery we're passing.

All I know is Your mercy surrounds me
Your thoughts for me outnumber the sand
Now I'm gonna sing it out
From my soul, only You understand me
You're holding me inside of Your hands.
"One Thirty Nine", Above the Golden State

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