Some people like to be in charge while others prefer to let someone else take the lead. For most of my life, I have been in roles where I was “in charge.” I played quarterback on my high school football team (although my coach would probably have said I was not in charge). I have been the pastor of three churches over the past 29 years (although deacons and committees might say I wasn’t in charge!). I have also been the “leader” of my family for over 32 years. Most of my roles have been such that I was “in charge” or at least I liked to think I was. I enjoy playing those roles and feel comfortable doing so.
This past January though, when the doctor told Tami that she had cancer, I was quickly reminded that I am not in charge. I soon understood that when it came to cancer, I was far from the one “in charge.” Instead, I was hanging on every word of a surgeon, a radiation doctor, an oncologist, and a host of nurses and other medical personnel. I was suddenly in a world in which I had little to no knowledge and no ability to be “in charge.” I think God had me right where He wanted me.
You have probably heard the saying “Let go and let God.” I had no choice but to do exactly that when it came to Tami’s diagnosis. God very quickly reminded me and Tami that we are not in control of our lives, God is. He has taken us both on this eight-month journey and has carried us through every situation that has been presented. I also know He will continue to carry us in the days to come. I still like to be the one leading the way, but I’m learning more and more to let God be in control. My Dad’s favorite verse when I was growing up was Philippians 4:6.
“Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything, tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answer.” (TLB)
I think that is the best way to let God be in control of your life.