In one of the malls near our house, there used to be a set of play cars and trucks that children could sit on and “ride”. If you put a few coins in each machine, the cars would slowly move back and forth, complete with the sounds of honking horns and engines revving. My kids used to love riding these cars. It was always humorous for me to watch my son turn the steering wheel with such delight.
At age two, he thought he was actually driving the vehicle. Unbeknownst to his little heart, he was going absolutely nowhere–but he thought he was taking the town by storm!
The image of my kids in those toy cars reminds me of how little control we really have over our lives. We think we’re in the driver’s seat of our own destiny. We take the keys, turn on the engine, adjust the front seat, then realize that we have left God in the rear view mirror–and we’re headed nowhere.
Have you ever been there?
It doesn’t take long to discover that we are not in control of our circumstances as the road unfolds before us. But there is One who holds every stroke of time in His hands. Our sovereign God is Lord over each turn on the rugged terrain of our paths. He is the One who is ultimately in control.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Shannon Popkin in her book Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible, powerfully unveils the truth that we “take the wheel” in our lives by attempting to control the circumstances and people around us.
We offer unsolicited “suggestions” to our husbands when they don’t perform according to our standards. We shame our children into good behavior to avoid looking poorly in front of others. We argue, fuss and fume when things don’t go our way. All of these are ways we inadvertently (or very blatantly!) clamor for control. But as Shannon so poignantly reminds us,
“As we try to control things we can’t control, we tend to lose control of the one thing we can–ourselves.”When we try to control the things we CAN'T, we lose control what we CAN--ourselves. Click To Tweet
So painfully true! As much as I hate to admit it, I have been guilty of losing my cool as I try to grasp for control.
Our desperate attempts to control the people and circumstances in our lives reveal the stark lack of trust we have in the Sovereignty of God. If our God can spin the world into orbit and hand-pick the stars in the universe, can’t we surely trust Him to sustain our every step?
This timely resource reveals the control girl within us all through seven women of the Bible. When I read the individual stories of these women, I see my own control girl tendencies within the pages of my story.
Like how Eve sought to control her destiny through one bite of forbidden fruit. Or how Sarah took matters into her own hands by seeking an heir through the fruit of another woman’s womb.
But instead of living as a crazed control girl, Shannon teaches us how to be a surrendered, sold-out Jesus girl.
And the difference is life-changing.
A Control girl tightly clenches her fist to fight for control.
A Jesus girl releases her hold of control and clutches tightly to the Lord.
A Control girl desperately takes matters into her own hands.
A Jesus girl takes her hands and places them in the hands of her Savior.
So let’s collectively resolve to abandon our controlling ways and trust the sovereignty and goodness of our great God!
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Together, we are all Jesus girls in Christ!
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