Life on Purpose- The Weakness of Control

Written by: Emily Pelley

How much of our lives do we spend trying to get things under control? Get a handle on what we need to do, who we need to be, what our lives should look like… As I have grown, and as people and responsibilities have been added to my life, I have been faced with the stark reality that I cannot control everything…I can’t keep it all going on my own.

Trying to control of everything has never ended well for me. It’s like trying to straighten your hair on a really humid, foggy day- frustrating and, ultimately, fruitless.

The point in living a life on purpose, however, is to understand that your life is a part of something much bigger than you and yours. God’s plan for humanity- to save anyone who would believe in His Son- is far bigger than our individual stories and circumstances. He has woven together the story of the universe with intricate detail. His purposes are not confined to the limitations of our understanding and physical vision, yet He goes out of His way to include you in the everyday of His plan. Such an amazing idea- it seems so illogical for such grace to be extended to us.

In the book of 2 Corinthians 12:9, it says: Each time [God] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

I know in my life that it is when I’ve let go of control- when I’ve released the need to know and understand everything that was happening around me – that I’ve seen God step in and do more and better than I ever could. It is when we lose control that we see God at work more than when we were scrambling to handle things on our own. So when the bible says- in our weakness He is made strong- He is calling us to acknowledge that we can’t plan out our lives, nor can we fathom the expanse of His purposes for our lives.

The only thing we can control is where we turn for our source- where we focus our eyes (Psalm 27:13, 14). When we do that- when we choose to trust in God’s power in our lives- we are given the hope of a purposeful God who promises to work everything together for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28). Perhaps this is what it looks like when our weakness- or our desire for control- is replaced with His strength?