“What are the areas that you feel are not yours to control and you gladly relinquish them to prayer?”
It was the second lead-in question to our Sunday School lesson on the phrase “Your kingdom come, your will be done” from the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9).
Actually, I think it was a two-part question. I could give multiple answers to the first part. But there was one glaring answer…a situation so personal and frightening that I shuddered to name it. Even as I taught the rest of the lesson, I deliberately closed the door on it. Anyway, it really didn’t fall into the realm of the second part of the question: “…and you gladly relinquish them to prayer.”
Oh, yes, I had prayed about it. In my too-typical way. Voicing it along with a host of other concerns. But the “gladly relinquish” part? Not so much.
Not surprisingly, the issue reared its head within a few hours of the Sunday School class, PROVING beyond all doubt that I had not relinquished it. Not at all!
Many, many months ago now, I was driving the car. My husband (not unkindly, I might add) gave me an instruction that was difficult to receive for some reason. The details are honestly lost in the archives of my consciousness. But I decided that when the two of us were in the car, I would never be the driver again. I think I may have sat in the drivers seat when he was in the car a total of 3-5 times since then.
This past situation returned to my mind to instruct me in the present. I have similarly relinquished my attempt to control (I prefer the term “arrange”) in the current situation.
I’m working on the gladly part.