Part of life’s beauty is its unpredictability.
Amazing things can happen when we simply let the chips fall where they may.
Still, most of us have a hard time letting go of control for one reason: the outcomes we are dealt in life aren’t always favourable.
Because there actually are many things we can control in lives with a certain level of ease, it is always tempting to believe that we are the masters of our fate. Things like death, rejection, and betrayal act as humble reminders of the fragility of our lives and existence.
But regardless of how many times we encounter these tragedies, nothing really ever seems to prepare us for them fully.
So, what do we do when life doesn’t go according to plan?
Let Go and Let God
The truth is, we can make all the plans want, but God’s plan will always reign supreme. Sometimes, the only choice we have is to let go.
Sadly, this is easier said than done, especially since this piece of advice raises one very troubling question…
How can our suffering be God’s will?
War. Famine. Poverty. There is so much that is wrong with the world that, at times, it can be a little difficult to focus on what is right.
Still, if we only take the time to contribute to what is right in the world, we are sure to witness miracles unfold.
But let’s face it – we can only do so much. The war of good against evil has ever been raging.
The way I see it, the only true liberty we have in this world is changing the things we can and surrendering all else to God, even when we don’t truly understand.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
-Proverbs 3: 5-6
Accepting God’s Plan
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have days I wished God would whisk me up to heaven so I wouldn’t have to deal with the hassles of living. But slowly, I’m learning to take each day as a blessing and an opportunity to do good, live well, and enjoy the best of what life has to offer me.
And honestly, I would not have gotten this far without having a little faith.
Building a relationship with God had brought me tremendous peace over the years.
Even when things get a little rough, I feel comforted knowing my life is in the hands of an omniscient God and can rest in the promise of eternal hope. So, though I may not always be in control, I know that I can trust God to do what He does best.
Does this mean I don’t still try to control every aspect of my life? Of course not!
Breaking the Chains
In life, my greatest battle has been learning to replace fear with faith.
I’m still human, and I still struggle daily with my old ways, but with only a small amount of faith, I’ve been able to witness big changes.
And now that I know that I know what faith can do, I can face the unexpected much more bravely.
Now, daily, I get to witness the beauty of the surrender of control.
“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.”
Jeremiah 29: 11
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