Written by Katherine Manthe / September 2017
Do you ever feel like you’re losing it? Like you’re on a two wheeler headed down a steep hill? You can see a tree approaching fast but your feet can’t seem to find the pedals and your hands fumble with the handlebars? Sound familiar?
I’ve felt pretty out of control lately. Not on a bike though: I was careening through life, not being able to find my footing, not having a hold on things. I couldn’t seem to get control back. And being me, I love control. I love having a plan, knowing what is going to happen when and how and with who. I like to grip my life in my hands, holding tight, knuckles white. I like to think, “I’ve got this.”
It’s easy to think like that when everything is going right in your life. We tend to get comfortable; I know I did. I began to rely on my own strength more and more, truly believing that I held the key to my own success. And for a while, it works.
However, this is a sin-infected world we live in, not to mention that we ourselves are riddled with it as well. We are bound to come across challenges, to face obstacles. That’s the result of sin. We have problems. Things can only stay perfect for so long before we come crashing back down to reality.
When this happened to me, I fought it. I felt my grip slipping and I didn’t like it at all. I wanted to be in charge of my life. I tried so desperately to get control back, pushing God away, saying, “No, I can do this on my own.” This obviously resulted in even less control than I had had previously.
The truth is, relying on our own strength will never get us anywhere in life. Psalm 61 verses 2 and 3 say, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” God is our refuge and our strength, not ourselves.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” What a comfort it is to know that we are never really in control. The Lord is directing my steps, just like it is written again in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”
There will still be times where you feel like you’re losing it. Take heart in His promises, and know that you no longer have to worry about being in charge of your life, for God has already taken care of it for you. He has a plan, for you and for me, as it is written in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This future and hope was and remains to be the promise of Jesus whose sacrificial death brought us the gift of everlasting life, where we will experience heavenly bliss and glory. What a blessing it is to be able to hand our “control” over to the one who created everything, the King of Heaven and of earth, to know that He has something truly marvelous planned for each one of His very precious children. What a relief it is for us to hear Him say, “I’ve got this.”
After all, who better to trust than the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” -Isaiah 43:1