"Many of us work hard and do everything we can to gain control. It’s only after we’ve exhausted all resources (money, time, ideas, plans, energy) and we’ve exhausted ourselves, before we ask Jesus to help." - Sandy Atnip (http://sandyatnip.com/where-are-you-going-and-how-are-you-going-to-get-there-part-4-let-go-of-control/) So true - many of us fall flat on our faces before we realize what has been there for us the whole time!
This year has been filled with "Nothing but God" for me! Things don't add up on paper. Many things cannot be explained. HE would know that we or our ministry needed something and a day or two later it would show up! I have always had 'faith' but have never really let go like I did this past year. Sometimes we need to hit the bottom, so to speak, or be 'broken' so that GOD can fix us and lift us up to places that we never imagined possible.
I'm happy to say my children have seen the amazing things God has done and continues to do - big & little! Together we thanked Him for everything! This year I really let Jesus take the wheel & pedal! Are you ready to let go & let God?!?! Let Him steer and just keep pedaling!
"Jesus take the wheel"
It seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
But it was a tandem bike,
And I noticed that Christ
Was in the back helping me pedal.
I don't know just when it was that
He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.
When I had control, I knew the way,
It was rather boring, but predictable...
It was the shortest distance between two points.
He knew delightful long cuts,
Up mountains, and through rocky places,
At breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, "Pedal."
I worried and was anxious and asked,
"Where are you taking me?"
He laughed and didn't answer,
And I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life
And entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
He said, "Give the gifts away;
They're extra baggage, too much weight."
And I found that in giving I received,
And still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life.
I though He'd wreck it;
But He knows bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
Knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
And I am learning to stay quiet
And pedal in the strangest places,
And I'm beginning to enjoy the view
And the cool breeze on my face
With my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says...
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.