It’s a new year, and if you’re like me, you want to take the opportunity to make some new goals for yourself for the coming year. Eating healthier and exercising more are usually top the list for many of us. However this year I’m going to try going with the flow a little more and by “the” flow, I mean God’s flow.
What the heck does that mean?
It means giving over to God the keys to the car. Letting Him drive while you’re sitting shotgun. Giving Him total control of your life. Essentially, doing God’s will.
This total and complete abandonment shouldn’t be a scary concept in our modern society. With smart phones dictating our schedules, FitBits tracking our vitals, and with governments taking more and more control of our lives, you would think that we’re used to abandoning ourselves to another power.
It ain’t so.
The good ol’ Christian phrase Trust in God seems to evoke fear and nervousness among many of us. It’s as if the “Type A” part of our personalities takes over upon those words. Even though Americans carry coins and bills with their country’s motto In God We Trust, this seems to be a near impossible feat.
But it’s not impossible and it’s quite liberating.
A few years ago, when I was struggling to manage and control three kids under four years, a wise priest suggested that I trust in God- just abandon everything to Him, go with the flow. At first I thought he was nuts. But within a few days, I felt euphoric just going with the flow! I was liberated from the overwhelming heaviness of trying to control every aspect of my household. Of course I still managed a schedule, but when things didn’t go the way I had wanted- when I was running late because toddler threw a tantrum, or when dinner wasn’t served on time, or when I got caught up in a conversation with a neighbour at an inopportune time- I let it go rather than be fretting over these things. There’s always a reason. That neighbour needed someone to talk to, the dinner was a creative new recipe, and that tantrumming child? Well he needed a hug. It all worked out. And if it didn’t, well that was OK too.
Letting someone else take control is liberating. It’s like going on a road trip and not bearing the responsibility of planning the route, the lodging, and the meals. And who better to take control than God who knows us intimately and perfectly.
So this year let’s start the New Year off right and (re-)commit ourselves to going with God’s flow.
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