This past year was difficult to say the least. A global pandemic on top of an election year? Already sounds like a disaster. Graduating high school and moving off to college too? Now that sounds like a train wreck. Like many, last year was hard for me for various factors such as isolation from loved ones and the fear of the unknown.
As many friends and loved ones of mine know, I’m a bit of a control freak. I like things done in a certain way, and last year was the perfect example of how I can’t control anything. It’s not because of my doing, it’s because of His. The most important thing I’ve learned from last year is how to be present and truly “let go and let God.” As simple as that phrase makes it seem, it’s honestly anything but. Often I find myself doing what I want to do or think is the right thing, without considering what God might be guiding me to do.
The biggest example I have for this is when I decided where to go to college. That is a very stressful time for seniors, since very few are lucky enough to know where they might want to go. All of a sudden during my college search I felt called to attend a school in a completely different state, almost 10 hours away. Ever since my freshman year of high school, I knew exactly where I wanted to go and all of a sudden I felt called to disobey my own desires. That feeling wrecked me.
The thing is, God doesn’t have to listen to what we want to do. It’s our job as Christians to obey Him and listen to what He tells us to do. There are many verses in the Bible along the lines of “let go and let God,” but one of my absolute favorite verses is Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” The Bible never tells us that once we cast our worries and troubles to God we will get what we want. It tells us that He will provide us with what we need. God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows what is right for you. If anything from this post sticks with you, I want it to be you asking God to guide you with something you are trying to control.
Terry Ann Kelly says
Wisdom and truth! Thank you
Beth Burgin says
Gretchen, thank you so much for sharing. What a great reminder for us to trust God who knows us better than we know ourselves. It makes me think of the S3 theme verse, “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT