1. Let Go of Perceived Control and Strength
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While kayaking with my husband on a big lake one afternoon, a storm rose suddenly. I paddled furiously against the wind, going nowhere, believing I could manage fine if I just paddled hard enough. Finally, my husband and I decided to head for the nearest place of refuge and hang on. If I had tried paddling any further, my strength would have given out. I would have overturned in dark choppy waters or been driven to a distant shore miles from the nearest help.
I had to hold tight to safety and let the storm rage around me. I had to stop believing in my strength—and recognize that I had no power over the storm.
God always maintains full control of situations around us, even the painful or scary ones. He invites us to rest in His strength. My part is to submit to His will and trust Him, even if chaos swirls around me.
“God wants to be Lord of my life so that His Spirit flourishes in me,” writes Jeanne Doyon. “Surrender brought victory and a clearer understanding of who God is and his ability to do what he says.”
Paul put it this way: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
2. Let Go of Entitlement
We love our dreams, cherish our expectations, and nurture our pride. We believe people should act a certain way; that life should go as we planned. We expect God to honor our goals, but He usually selects different and better ones.
I don’t know about you, but I sulk when I don’t get my way. Sometimes I just want to be told I’m right. And I don’t want to wait for answers or relief from my pain.
1 John 1:9 says “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God has given us forgiveness and a promised inheritance in heaven.
How can we receive what the Father wants to give us if our hands are full? He helps us swap pride for humility and patience. Proverbs 3:6 offers sage advice: “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
He’s going to straighten my path—what a relief.
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