I’ve been thinking a lot about control recently. It started with total knee replacement surgery. As with any surgery, I gave up control to the anesthesiologist and the surgeon.
Control is an illusion, isn’t it? The weather happens, and we have no control over it. The economy takes a nosedive, and we have no control over it. We prepare our children for the future, but we have little, if any, control over the decisions they make as adults. Some of our control issues even permeate our relationship with God.
So we talk with God in prayer, raising particular needs or desires. Do we then trust God to provide? We know God’s reputation. We know God’s work with and for others. How many times do we fail to turn over control to God? How often do we think we need to step in? Too many times to count, I’m sure. May we “let go and let God.”
This message is adapted from “Letting Go” written by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the July/August 2010 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Exodus 32:7-14; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 (semicontinuous); Psalm 51:1-10; Psalm 14 (semicontinuous); 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10.