What If I Don't Have To Be In Control?

Growing up, I loved watching Disney channel. As a kid I knew every word to every Hannah Montana song. But my favorite Disney channel show of all time was definitely That’s So Raven. The show told the story of a teenage girl named Raven Baxter who could see quick glimpses of her near future. Through those glimpses, she learned to control and change what was going to happen in her future. Growing up, I was always kind of jealous of Raven. How nice would it be if we could receive glimpses of our future so we could be prepared for every waking moment of our lives? How nice would it be to always be in control?

I think a lot of us have a longing to always take matters into our own hands when it comes to not only our future, but our lives in the present as well. In my own experience, I’ve come to realize that having this constant want to be in control of what’s happening in your life can result in feelings of anxiety. Anxiety occurs when we believe that we have to already have everything figured out, but what’s so awesome is that God already has everything figured out for us. A lot of us need to realize that no matter what our futures hold, Jesus is already there and He has already taken matters into His own hands, so you don’t have to.


Anxiety occurs when we believe that we have to already have everything figured out, but what's so awesome is that God already has everything figured out for us. 


We need to wake up every day and realize it’s okay to not be in control, because we have a God who is. Whether it's grades, money, relationships—handing those things over to God and trusting He will bless you with them will ultimately remove anxieties and help grow your faith and trust in Jesus. You see, we can’t let our pride and need to control our own futures get in the way of the BETTER future God has planned for us.

When I was applying for colleges this past year, I found myself getting caught up in everyone's opinions about where I should spend the next four years.  After several months had passed,  I began to realize that it ultimately wasn't about where other people wanted me to go to school, it was about where I felt God was calling me to go to school. I had to come to terms with the fact that I would end up with more peace in my life by just following God's will for my life and for the next four years of my education.


Don't let pride and the need to control your future get in the way of the BETTER future God has planned for you. 


Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” As easy as it is to get wrapped up in the longing to have every moment planned out, our own plans will fail in comparison to God’s plans for us. We must let go of our need to control and cast our anxieties on to Jesus because he cares for us and wants to give us a better life. We won't have a perfect life, but our lives will be easier knowing we have a perfect God to lead us.

Olivia Nickell