It is normal for us to want to have control of our lives. The problem is, we don’t see or know the future. All we can do is make what we believe is the best choice for our family and ourselves, and hope and pray for the best outcome.
There is a better way, however. God knows our future. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The best way I have found to explain to kids, and even adults, about how God knows what is best for us, is to compare His plans for us to Him having a “map” of our lives. Now, I know God doesn’t need a map. But I love the picture it makes in my head of many different plans and goals, and ways to get there.
If you love Jesus Christ, and trust Him as Lord, think of Him holding a map of your life. He knows where you are, and where He wants you to go, as well as the best way to get there. He sees both the beginning and end of your life, as well as everything in-between. When we set goals and plan without God, it is a little like driving at night with the headlights off an an unfamiliar road. Very difficult! But when you give over control of your life to Him, He will take you the best way to get there, and chances are you will be less frustrated, and get to your destination sooner.
Let go, and let God…drive!
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.
Romans 8:28, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 19:26b, …With God all things are possible.