I used to put my kids in a playpen when they were little to keep them safe, me sane and home destruction minimal. I put our dog Crash in a kennel for the very same reasons.
As the kids and the dog mature, their circle of control (and destruction) widens. But, even as a grown, moderately mature adult woman, there are still limitations on what I can and cannot control. I can control my thoughts, words and actions but I can’t control other things like my past. I can’t control my father from slowly fading or things like the government furlough because they aren’t in my circle (or playpen. They’re in God’s control. I can pray because that is in my circle. Prayer is a most powerful something that is in my control. Prayer releases the tears, fears and control to the One I trust. I trust God. I know He hears my prayers and is in control.
As I ran with Crash this morning, this visual came into mind. So, I drew it to share with you.
As the small blue circle shows, I can control only so much. There are limits to what I can control because my playpen, my area of control has limits. And, as my non-professional pictures also shows, God’s control is unlike mine. God’s control is limit-less, without borders and way bigger than the piece of paper it is drawn on.
I think we need to stop and ask God, “Is what I’m fretting about and trying to control…is it in my circle?” If it is, then pray for the strength and courage to do what needs to be done. If it’s not, then trust God, perhaps in a new way, to have His way. When we try to control the things outside of our circle, that’s when we get frustrated and take matters into our own hands and can do a whole lot of damage outside of our playpen.
What’s one thing that is in your circle that you know you can control? What’s one thing not in your circle and today, you say you will trust God? WASSUP?