“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB).
Trust and control seem to almost always go hand-in-hand. I’ve come to realize that, for me, these two concepts are pivotal in how I go about leading my family and how I am with my friends.
Today, I have the privilege of busing our high school’s marching band to a large regional competition. As I watched them, in formation, march down the road to the all-important 90 degree turn, I replay the discipline and techniques that were used just walking down the street and turn a corner. “Heel to toe, heel to toe, heel to toe” over and over again as the drum majors walked backwards on the balls of their feet while conducting with precision, hand movements and instructions. The whistle blows and the turn movement begins. Each one of the band members trusted the other to not be out of step, sequence or distance to make the correct step in inches and to move within the proper manner as to all be in unison completing the 90 degree turn. Each one of them had to display self-discipline and control over their own abilities while trusting in everyone else to do the same.
This reminds me of my time in the Army when learning and performing specific drills and ceremony movements. The precision of discipline it took to complete those movements didn’t result in an overall score, as the band was looking to achieve, but it did create a trust in the details that allowed me to believe in my fellow soldiers that they would ultimately be there for me if need be.
However, when it comes to accomplishing something, I don’t trust that anyone else can do it, other than me. I have a hard time in letting others control the situation and trusting that they will make the best overall decision, which then results in the best decision for me. Ouch, that hurts! That thought is a true representation of a selfish mindset.
As I look to the Bible, God’s promises are simplified so that He has the best interest for us. He will provide and promises us great things in Him. His promises are “Yes and Amen!” 2 Cor 1:20, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (NIV) Why is it so hard to trust Him and to allow Him to take control of our lives? Specifically, mine!
As a Soldier, I trusted my platoon sergeant to make the appropriate commands to turn the formation when the path changed, or the course of direction altered, or even when there was an obstacle or harm that we would have encountered. Today’s band members trusted the drum major to make the all-important commands to turn the formation 90 degrees within mere feet of the judges, even though on their face I could tell that they were anxious as they anticipated the change that was coming. In both situations, the members trusted and gave over control to the one in charge because they had previously been put through challenging times where the “commander” proved themselves worthy.
My prayer for you today is that you embrace God’s promises; that you accept God as the “drum major” commanding your life and trust God completely with your life. He has proven Himself time and time again and is willing to continually prove Himself again. Proverbs 16:9 says: “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and make them sure.” (AMPC)