Save Me From Myself1
“But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” Proverbs 3: 11-12 MSG
As I rounded the corner to the hallway this morning, I spotted my two year-old daughter getting ready to stick her finger in the light socket. Being older and wiser, I knew what would happen if she completed her mission.
So as any loving parent would do, I sternly told my daughter that we cannot do that because it might hurt her. She began to scream and cry. She even told my husband that mom was “mean to her”.
After all the commotion died down, I started to wonder, how many times I have reacted in such a way when obstacles entered my life. I have seen a pretty good looking light socket or two in my day and I really wanted to stick my finger in it.
You better believe that I definitely, kicked, screamed, cried and complained to other people that something was in the way of what I really wanted! In a very adult (or maybe not so adult) way, I acted exactly like my two year-old daughter.
I fell prey, as most humans do, to believing I know what’s right for me and that I could do it all by myself. So why can’t I stick my finger where I want?
Over time, I have learned to fervently pray for God’s direction and control in my life. But, I have become painfully aware that this is where I find myself falling short.
I try to trust that God ultimately knows more than I do, just as I did in the hallway with my daughter. But, it’s hard for me to leave the control in His hands.
One of the pitfalls of being a strong and independent woman, is that it’s hard to trust that someone is going to take care of life’s matters in a way that I feel like they should be taken care of.
I will continue to pray for God’s direction and control in my life, but I believe it might be time for me to start relinquishing control to the Father that loves me and only wants the best for me.
Dear Loving Father, Thank You for taking care of me when I can’t take care of myself. Thank You for teaching me the lessons that I need most in life. And most of all thank You for your unconditional love. As I continue on life’s journey, I pray my path is lit by only Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
© 2017 by Natalie Rubley. All rights reserved.
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