“For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” Matthew 6:21
We all have a vision of what life is supposed to look like. Whether you’ve always wanted a powerful career or a big family, to travel the world or amass a library of excellent books, we maneuver every part of life in hopes it will get us closer to achieving that vision. Then, real life happens, and things don’t go according to plan. As panic sets in, we find the reigns of control gripped tightly in our fists, and we are ready to do everything in our power to set our life back on track.
The desire to control our lives is human. We live as though we are the star of the show, to come and go as we please, have no one to answer to except our own conscience, free to explore our passions. We all begin like the man who builds his house sand*, the unpredictable landscape shifting and moving under us, threatening all we value and desire. In those moments, we can either turn to God and admit our plan isn’t working out and ask for Him to intervene or turn and curse Him for not honoring our plans. If I’m honest, I curse more often than I cry out for help.
Today, we open those clenched fists, even just a little, and show Jesus what we’re afraid to lose. Exposing our fear positions us to see His trustworthiness, and transform our hearts bent on their own way to those open to change, direction and that which is exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.
What part of your life feels out of control right now? Are you trying to reign it in or have you brought it to Jesus?
What fears is God pointing out that He wants to shed His light on? Are there any lies associated with these fears? What is God’s truth?
Father, I may have a very clear view of what I want my life to be, but I open it up to You. I say to my heart that I trust Jesus, and His wisdom concerning my gifts, passions and desires. Thank you for exposing my fears and shedding the light of Your truth on the lies I hear about not being in control. I receive your invitation to participate and cooperate with you, building a life together that will satisfy the depths of my soul. Amen.