Give It (Control) Up! – The Adventure of You

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It is impossible to fully know the adventure God has planned when stepping onto a path he has arranged. Were the entire adventure revealed upfront, the likelihood is great that many would choose to take a seat and wait for another option. No doubt, I have cowardly failed to experience some adventures he planned, but I do vividly recall several life-changing adventures he arranged.

One such adventure began in 1998—his answer to one simple, heartfelt prayer offered upon my graduation in 1996. It clearly was according to his timetable, not mine. In record time, the wisdom in fastening my spiritual seatbelt and fully placing my trust in Jesus became apparent—no doubt about it. There was no room for fear or doubt on this trip, only faith—genuine, unwavering faith in God.

Were it not for the assurance that he had arranged the career path I entered, the adventure would have easily ended before its time. Much like Peter availing his boat to Jesus, there was no way of knowing the adventure God had in store for me. Yet, knowing he was with me in the adventure made it possible to stay for the long haul, even in the midst of intense discomfort.

Had I bailed on this adventure, I also would have abandoned many opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. A quick look in the rearview mirror brings into clear focus that his plan for me was good—in every challenging situation that arose! Leaning into the reality of needing God’s strength daily is never wasted.

This weekend Ben Snyder shared 4 things that kill our adventures. These “Adventure Killers” include: complacency, control, comfort and capacity.  Focusing on the second one, control, it indeed can be deadly. Giving up control and trusting him daily became my defining moments. Often, it was only when I gave up control and got out of his way that he led me to the path I never noticed. At times, that path required me to respect, honor, and follow direction, even when I disagreed. Other times, that path required me to speak up, making known the obstacles around the bend. I can honestly say there was never one moment of boredom on that adventure—for that I give him praise! When the time came for it to end, he made it abundantly clear. My last weeks of employment were bittersweet as I reflected, with deep appreciation, on the amazing adventure God had arranged!

It is my sincere hope that you, too, can embrace this week’s bottom line: See YOUR PLACE in GOD’S STORY.

Questions:
Read Luke 5:1-11. At what point in the story did Peter give up control to Jesus?

What keeps you from trusting God with your future? Are you afraid to relinquish control to him?

Next Steps:
Choose to consider opportunities to step into the adventure God has planned for you. Participate in GrowthTrack to understand how God has wired you for his purpose. Attack any “control” factor by renewing your mind with the Bible and its truths/promises. Increase your trust in him and the plan he has for your life by growing your relationship with him. Surrender to him and trust him in all things!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for always being available when I come to you in prayer. Forgive me for taking a step toward you and then taking two or three steps away from you. I choose, this day, to trust that you have another adventure for me to take. Give me the courage to leave my ideas and plans at your feet, trusting you will reveal the next adventure you have planned for me. Give me clearness of vision as you reveal your perfect will and perfect plan for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Karen Peck. Karen retired in March 2018 from Lucas County Information Services. She has been married over forty years. Karen rejoices over God’s faithfulness and God’s patience in her life and in her marriage. Nothing matters more to Karen than her relationship with God and her entire family. Her immeasurable faith in Christ and His ability to restore the broken runs deep within.


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1 reply
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I feel like Peter gave up complete control when Jesus over-filled his boat with fish. That must have given Peter confidence that his family would be cared for in his absence. Peter was able to walk away without any guilt or shame. Maybe?

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