What is life if not a constant sequence of choice, consequence, and choice? Each year, each day even, is made up of a myriad of tiny, but crucial, paths – thousands, millions of them – that dictate where our lives will take us. Thinking about the sheer unpredictability is exciting and terrifying. Whoever compared life to a roller coaster wasn’t even close. It’s more like Life = traveling at the speed of light (300,000,000 meters/second) through totally unknown territory, too fast to ever turn back and play the “what if” game.
So this has three implications, at least from my perspective.
1. I’m giving God the steering wheel/controller/joystick. There is no way I could ever navigate Life, the world, or anything, for that matter, without a map and/or GPS. The Life GPS has not been built yet – or rather it has (the Bible), but I can’t trust myself to follow it the way I should. So God, my mind, body, soul, heart, and emotions are all Yours. You know what You’re doing, and what I should be doing, so I give myself to You.
2. On the one hand, the unpredictability of Life is scary. I use the term scary because Life makes me feel small and like I’m four years old again. I look forward to everything Life has to offer, but I also fear failure and fear doing the wrong thing. What if I take a wrong wormhole and end up missing something huge, like meeting my future dearest or ending up in the wrong job? (See #1 again).
3. On the other hand, it’s exciting. The fact that I give God control daily means I’m going to stop worrying about it. God can’t do what He needs to unless we completely let go. Many people don’t like the expression “let go and let God” because it seems to imply that we never have to do anything. This is not true; instead the expression means to stop controlling everything and stop trying to fix things ourselves. Only when we admit that we can do nothing in our own power and that we need Jesus for every aspect of our lives can God step in. He doesn’t force His way in, because then He wouldn’t be God; we have to stand aside and let Him.
And it isn’t mind control, as some people are quick to say. It’s having faith in the God who created us and loves us that He knows what is best. Not only can He see the past, present, and future, but He’s had a plan for every individual life since before the earth was created. When we let Him take control, He will take us to places we never would have imagined getting on our own. But we have to pray that He will give us the faith to step aside and let Him have us – all of us – and our lives.