Struggling with the Balance
Do you struggle with the delicate balances of life? I know that I do. Caught somewhere between trying to trust God fully and yet trying to take over at the same time. Patience may be a virtue but most days I don’t think it belongs to me. Often when things go wrong or not the way I think they should, I immediately go into action. That appears to sum up my week as I struggled to find a delicate balance of control and patience while time breathed down my neck. If you have ever set up new electronic equipment you fully understand the frustrations that can occur.
Most everything in this week’s set up moved along without issue and only a few glitches such as needed cables. There was, of course, a couple things that were not fully thought out that needed solving creating some initial upsets. However, as I look back now, I realize that throughout the issues of the week that when I took a step back and sought peace with God first that the solutions often presented themselves. If I could just remember to seek God first when I feel my frustration on the rise, life would be a lot easier which is where the delicate balances of life comes in to play.
So, in case you haven’t experienced it, life can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. Which is why it is so important to have a guide to help us through the obstructions like the recently licensed pilot. On a cloudy day as the new pilot took off things went fine until it was time to land. He wasn’t very experienced in instrument landing and as the control tower began to bring him in, he panicked. It was then a stern voice came over the radio, ”You just obey the instructions, we’ll take care of the obstructions. Even with help, the pilot had to do his part so the control tower could do theirs, a delicate balance.
This is the delicate balance that we need to follow in our life with our Lord. Trusting fully in God as if everything depended on Him while we continue to work as if everything depended on us. God expects us to give over every aspect of our life to Him- our families, jobs, possessions- and in return, He takes control and provides the needed guidance.
God is faithful and His love and justice stand above all that the world may throw at us. He will pour out His love for those who love Him. When we commit the whole of our life to the Lord, we must trust fully in Him and believe that He can care for us better than we can ourselves. This often takes a great amount of patience, as we wait upon God to work out what is best for us instead of trying to solve it totally on our own. These delicate balances, however, will change your life granting you peace through all circumstances.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
Who is in Control?
So, what keeps us from giving over everything to the Lord? The biggest issue is mostly our own desire to be in control of our life. But we don’t have control over our lives any more than we can control the weather as there are too many factors that influence the results. When we trust only in our own strength, we quickly find that there is only so far, we can go. Self-help needs a partner internally and externally because no matter how hard we try to go it alone we will find life lacking.
However, by committing everything over to the Lord, including burdens, even those self-imposed, our load will lighten. By trusting the strength that sustains us with all the parts of our life, we find that He takes our cares as well. But we must commit fully and not superficially. In addition, we must fully realize that we can’t say we are committing everything to God, but then internally continue to try to be in control, as He knows all and cannot be fooled.
The other issue that we often face with giving God control is that we do so only temporarily. When things go a different way than we wanted or expected we suddenly find ourselves back to square one and trying to take over again to change the path to the one we wanted. Sometimes even when things go the way we wish we decide that we don’t need God anymore and we will take back over, but that can’t be further than the truth. When we commit, we must do so fully and completely with everything all the time. So, once this commitment is made it is now time for the delicate balances to be maintained.
The Needed Delicate Balances
As we give things to God it is important to remember that it doesn’t mean we do nothing. For as we trust fully in Him, we submit ourselves to the Lord but not to the circumstances. We must continue to work through obedience and allow Him to handle the obstacles that crop up. Letting Him have all our anxieties calls for action, not passivity. It takes humility to recognize that God cares about the whole parts of our life, to admit to Him that we need His help, and then to allow others He places in our life to help us. These delicate balances consist of trusting God as if everything depended upon Him while we work as if everything depended upon us.
So, no matter what you are facing or may face in the future, challenge yourself to commit fully to Him the whole of your life. This includes all your frustrations and seeking the delicate balances in your relationship with God. Find your conviction rooted in the knowledge and trust of all that He provides for believers. Move forward with the motivation of His deep love for you and care of all the aspects of your life. Lastly, find comfort in His grace and power knowing that your time on earth is not only important to you but to Him that created you for a purpose.
Love in Christ,
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.
John H. Holcomb
What are Your Thoughts?
Have you found yourself committing to the Lord but then trying to take control? Do you strive to find the delicate balance between God’s control and your actions? Share your thoughts on the delicate balance between trusting God with your life while you do all you can while living life on sometimes an unfriendly earth.