I titled this post Freedom because that is what my faith in God and Jesus has given me. Freedom. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am absolutely a type A personality. My life is all about time-management and schedules. Getting the kids out the door, to school, to their activities. I like to be prepared and preferably well in advance. I try to reduce the stress that I find comes from doing things last minute. And in doing this I delude myself into believing that I am in complete control of my life. Until I’m not.
We’ve all heard the phrase, the only thing we can really control is how we treat the people we encounter in our lives. But I would challenge that statement, because while we might not be able to control much in our lives, we can absolutely control who we put in charge. Chance? or God? I don’t know if I have the right words to describe how much more peaceful my life has been since I just let go and acknowledged that. And in that acknowledging, gave up my illusion of control to the one who created everything.
I’ve had lots of discussions with people about this concept. It’s like they think that by me saying I’ve put God in control I’ve stopped having agency in my life. I would say that the exact opposite is true. I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not worried about getting my next writing job or solving a problem that is outside of my control. They say that “God helps those, who help themselves”. And I absolutely believe that. I still continue to work very hard to be the best writer I can be. I still continue to work on, and pitch stories that I believe in, but what I don’t do, is worry about it any more. I’m not afraid of my story not being picked up, or not getting a job, because I’ve put that in God’s hands. I do my part and then I sit back and let him to his. That’s what I’m talking about when I say giving control of my life to my Father in heaven has made me free.
I turn everything over to God. When David lost his wallet in Orlando, I prayed about it and then I called the hotel and when we found it, I absolutely gave thanks. When I needed to move a large item and the trailer that I had lined up ended up falling through, I worked hard to find another one, but I also gave it up to God and while I did my best, I didn’t worry. I knew in my heart that my Father would take care of me.
I guess that’s the point of today’s blog. We absolutely have a Father in heaven and I’m sure this feels like a bit of a reoccurring theme for my blogs, but I don’t think that we can be reminded often enough that God loves us and wants to be an active part of our lives if we will only let him. When you start giving God control, you will be surprised at all the little ways, everyday of your life, you can find him taking care of you.