Calling All Control Freaks


The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” - Exodus 33:14

I am a control freak. I like to have a plan and accomplish it—on my own. Though everything will get done, I never enjoy a moment of the experience. Why?

Because I never rest.

Being a college student, the cycle of projects, papers, and deadlines is never ending. I always feel restless and exhausted. My mind is constantly consumed with what I need to get done and how I’m going to get it done. So, while I’m supposed to be having “the time of my life,” I sit in my dorm room overwhelmed and miserable.

However, I’m not overwhelmed and miserable because I’m balancing a 17-hour credit load, extracurricular activities, and a social life. I’m overwhelmed and miserable because I’m doing it alone.

I’m not allowing God to work in my life.

I’ve been holding the reins of my life so tightly to my chest. I didn’t want anyone to take control of my life—I’m an adult, and I’m capable of doing anything.

But I’m also human, and I get tired.

God promises me that, when I am tired, He will take care of me (Psalm 55:22). He holds me in His hands, protecting me—comforting me (Isaiah 41:10).

God never leaves me nor forsakes me (Deuteronomy 31:6). When I do things in my own power, He is there waiting for me to hand Him the reins and let Him guide the way.

I’ve realized I can’t do anything on my own. I need my loving Saviour beside me to hold me and comfort me.

Now, when I become overwhelmed in times of difficulty, I lay my weary head on His chest, He wraps His loving arms arounds me, and we continue the journey of my life. Together.

Reflection

In what ways might you be attempting to control your own life?

Are you allowing God to guide your life?

Are you willing to give God control of your life? What steps can you take today to do just that?

Prayer

Dear Lord,

I’m tired. Life has become so overwhelming that I don’t think I can do it on my own anymore. I don’t want to have control. God, I surrender my life to You. Take the reins, take my life. I want to rest in the comfort of Your embrace and go on this journey together. Amen.

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