Releasing Control

What does it mean to be in control? We fool ourselves into believing we can orchestrate the happenings of our lives. It is a healthy moment when we decide to release that desire for control into the hands of the One who actually is in control.

Let me tell you my story. My wife and I, married for 3 years, had no kids. After hearing a message at our church, we felt called to become foster parents. Knowing that if we waited it would just get harder to start fostering, we finished up the training and awaited a call from a social worker.

My mom had been diagnosed with cancer a few years earlier. She spent the last years of her life pouring over the scriptures in a way I had never seen her do before. She started to ask the real questions and wondered why she had waited to the end to ask them. I saw my mom lead others to her hope in Jesus.

She saw that hope become reality on April 15th, 2017. Her visitation was scheduled for April 18th; and as we were getting ready to head to the church, we received a call from a social worker letting us know that a baby girl was at the hospital and wanting to know how soon we could get there. 

Knowing exactly what my mom would have wanted, we did what we needed to do, picked up that baby girl and were late to the visitation. That amazing girl stayed with us for 10 months before going to live with an aunt and uncle. We had another little girl stay with us for just a few months. A few years later we adopted our son from foster care and added a couple of biological children along the way.

We found that we had to release control in all of these situations – as we watched God’s hand moving in His time and in His way.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)

Don’t let the fear of how little you control, control you. Today spend some time asking God to help you release your desire to be in control  -- and open your heart to the blessings that come with obedience.

By Lee Sharp

Lee, his wife Tess, and their 3 children are members at our Armstrong Mill Campus, “The Mill”. Lee and his wife both love board games, good movies, and, above all, Jesus.

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