Most of us want to be in control. We want to know how things work and what the payoff is. We want to be able to choose our path and not have it chosen for us.
In a perfect world this might be possible. But in the fallible world we live in there are so many variables of life that we can spend so much time trying to control things while spinning our wheels, when in effect God has the steering wheel and the right GPS for our destinations. Think about it.
Have you been hitting a wall lately? Do you pray and then try to answer your own prayer? Do you have a hard time letting go of the reins and just flow in the Spirit of God's call on your life? Join the crowd, I am sure we have all been there. In fact, some of us have nearly destroyed our families and lives because of it.
What's the answer to connecting the dots when we can't find where the dots connect? Speaking to those folks God brought out of captivity in Babylon to Jerusalem in the Book of Jeremiah (yes I am speaking to those of us in addiction recovery), he warns them to not listen to the deceivers (the promoters of false promises), and then he says these very encouraging words:
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, and will bring you back from captivity. Jer. 29:11-14
God knows all the things that have put us in exile like money, drugs, alcohol, bad living and chasing fantasies. He knows that our trying to take control has spun us out of control. His original plan for us did not include these detours. But he can connect the dots again to a life that is worth living that takes the pressure off our trying to succeed when all he wants is us to talk with him, walk with him and find Him, which in turn finds us.
We come out of the lost and found department and into a future lit with son-light. The dots become connected!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.