Today’s guest post is by Tammy Helfrich. Tammy is a wife, Mom, and writer. She has a passion for writing about life, marriage, motivation, and telling the stories of people who are making a difference. Tammy is learning to live a healthier lifestyle, and live a better story. You can connect with her at her blog here or on Twitter @tammyhelfrich
I am a planner. I like to be organized. I like to know that everything will be okay. I like to be in control.
Over the last few years, God has been working in my heart to change this. For a long time, He had been asking me to give up my illusion of control. He wanted me to surrender things I had been holding on to. He wanted me to allow Him to direct my paths.
But, I kept pushing back.
When I finally did surrender control, one of the most frustrating things for me was learning to live more fluidly. To stop trying to plan every aspect of my life. To actually let God be in control.
I am being obedient, God. I finally listened. Why won’t you show me the plan? PLEASE, just give me a glimpse!
But, guess what? God doesn’t work like that. He only shows us pieces at a time. Small pieces. Tiny pieces.
“God has to work on your soul “in secret,” according to the saints and mystics. If God gave you any idea of what God was doing, which is always radical surgery, you would do one of two things: you would try to stop it, or you would try to engineer it and take control of the process. God has to operate in darkness to get the job done. It is sort of humiliating, isn’t it? Yet it is also deeply consoling, because even on your seemingly empty and unexciting days, even then, you can trust that God is working in you, with you, and for you.” Father Richard Rohr
As I think about this, it makes sense. Why would God show me the plan? I would do everything in my power to try to control it.
“God doesn’t give us a roadmap, because we would worship it.” Jon Acuff
It’s pretty humbling, isn’t it? But it’s also freeing.
I don’t have to have it all figured out.
I just have to listen and obey.
There is freedom in that.
There is peace.
There is joy.
There is comfort.
Have you ever asked God for a roadmap?