Lately, I’ve been trying to control some things in my life that I was never meant to be in charge of. Things like relationships. I’ve been operating under some false assumptions, namely that I can meet my needs and fulfill my desires better than an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God. And I’ve been wearing myself out.
Have you ever seen a dog walking its owner? Usually, this happens when a 100 pound woman decides to own a 200 pound dog, like a Great Dane, which appears to be part horse. She tries to control it with a string of a leash, but, really, that dog is dragging her all over the neighborhood. She ends up more worn out than the animal.
That’s how I’ve been feeling these days as I’ve tried so hard to control things that are out of my control. All my energy has been poured into attempting to make things go how I want them to go, and, despite my best efforts, things have still been going terribly. Turns out you can’t control other people.
But there’s more.
The Bible says that God will, “fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
For those that know Jesus on a personal level, we don’t have to worry about manipulating people to meet our needs and fulfill our desires (which we can’t successfully do anyway). We don’t have to let our passion to control our lives drag us around like a hyperactive dog-horse. On the contrary, we can choose to trust God with the things we cannot control, and, in so doing, be filled with all joy and peace.
I’d love to live that way. Wouldn’t you?