We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Recovery is a wonderful way of life. We learn that it is possible to have difficulties and yet in the middle of the storm we can stop and have time with our Heavenly Father. In the past when we would felt out of control, we would do everything we could to regain control. The thought of being powerless and unmanageable was foreign to us. If we couldn’t fix what was wrong then we believed that there was something wrong with us. And the more we tried to fix and control, the more out of control we became. Our vein attempts and trying to make everything the way we thought it should be only served to display the depth of our arrogance and pride.
Admitting powerlessness is not a sign of weakness. When we admit that we are powerless we are actually aligning our thinking with the reality of God’s beautiful and perfect will. Out of this alignment comes a power than goes beyond any amount we could muster on our own. This is a great irony of living a life in Christ. Christ calls for us to let go of our desire to control and to follow Him. The reward for letting go of our attempts to control is getting our life back.
In the middle of the storm we feel God close to us. The world is falling down around us, yet we feel safe and protected. God wants to have you close to him. When we stop trying to be in control, we move closer to the creator of all things.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me recovery from my attempts at controlling situations and others. I know now that I don’t need to be in control. Please help me to align my will with your beautiful and perfect will.
By James Miller