Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020

Growing From “I Got This, God” to “Jesus, Take the Wheel!”

When our confidence oversteps its bounds over God, we face unnecessary risks.

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Alecia M. White
Alecia M. Whitehttps://www.aleciathewriter.com/
Author, blogger, lover of coffee, and all things Jesus. By profession, Alecia is a teacher and administrator. She recently published her first book "The Thing Is...", a poignant look at suffering and endurance. She is privileged to share her love for Christ through her writing.

So, I wear crochet styles to protect my hair. For those of you who have no idea what that is, it’s a method where you braid your hair and loop the extension around the braid. Anyhoo, when it’s time for me to take my hair down and wash it, I have to cut the looped extension out of my hair.

When removing the extensions, I can just feel for it and snip away. But once I get toward the front of my head, I need to look in the mirror. If I don’t, I run the risk of cutting my own hair.

Alright, the funny thing is that I found that I do better at cutting when I cannot see what I’m doing than when I have the mirror in front of me. Now, I know that sounds stupid, but let me explain.

When the mirror is in front of me, I tend to go faster, leaving more room for error. It’s like, I feel that because I see what I’m doing, I can speed up to finish quicker. Cutting from the back of my head, I take my time because I can’t see and it makes me nervous to think that I could cut my own hair. I have to find the loop and pull it away from me before I snip.

You Got This God, I Trust You.

prayersWell, I have noticed that when I feel overly confident, I move too fast, just like cutting the front of my hair. You know, leaving more room for error. Y’all know how we do when we feel like we’re in control of the situation. That is why God wants me to rely solely on faith and trusting Him because I would destroy what’s already mine. Yep, I would single-handedly destroy stuff that He’s already given to me.

When I can’t see my way, I am more prone to depend on Him and wait for His instruction before I mistakenly “cut” or damage something in my own life. The same applies to you. God wants you to trust in His plan and timing so that you don’t move too fast and ruin what He’s given you. 

So, What’s the Play Call?

I know you’re thinking, “I got this”, and you want to make that confident move and get the job done. But, it’s not worth the risk, is it? Damaging a blessing from the Lord? Losing something you worked so hard to have?

Here are a few tips for those times when you just don’t want to wait:

  1. It’s better when you wait. As impatient as we may become, waiting on God will always render the better outcome. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14
  2. Slow down. When we get in a rush, we don’t pay attention, we make mistakes that we may not be able to take back. “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” Proverbs 19:2
  3. Just trust God. Making the conscious decision to place all our faith and trust in Him makes up for all the things we can’t see ahead of us. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Seek God and take your time, teammates. It will yield the best results in the end. 

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