Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just One Thing is Needed

The thought of not being in control really scares me.  

At the beginning of this year, I shared that God was dealing with me about this issue of control.  I was doing better with the trust thing - while everything in my life remained steady and calm.  But then life started to change and get a little crazy.  I realized today that I'm still trying so hard to be in control of my life.  And since it's impossible for me to be in control, I've been living in a state of worry and stress.

I feel like Martha sometimes.  I want to just sit with Jesus, but there's so much to do.  And I would be irresponsible if I didn't take care of those things, right? But I hear Jesus' words to Martha and I know He is speaking them to me.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:41-42 

Martha was concerned with feeding Jesus, but Jesus was more concerned with feeding Martha. The things I am concerned about may be needful things, but nothing is needed more than being with Jesus.

I've got to let go of my sense of control and just trust God.  Whether I stand or I fall, I want it to be all for God's glory.  I want to live and move like I believe that my life is in HIS hands. I want to completely trust God. I want to focus on the One Thing and trust God to take care of the rest. 

 I'm learning to lean on Jesus.


  1. Girl, I'm a control freak too! I'm also a perfectionist. I have to rely on God daily so that I can be an overcomer in that area, not a delf-defeter. I love this line, "Martha was concerned with feeding Jesus, but Jesus was more concerned with feeding Martha." We have to remember the dishes and laundry will still be there, our time with God is precious. Great reminder!!

  2. Lisa, this has always been my greatest challenge too. There is so much freedom when we do let go, but getting to that point is often hard. It's interesting to me how we have to learn the lesson over and over.

  3. "I want to live and move like I believe that my life is in HIS hands." Amen... me too :)

  4. I don't think I am a control freak, though I am guessing my hubby might say different. But, like Martha, I have a hard time just sitting. There is too much to do! I have to do it! I need to let go of that and just be with God sometimes. That can be a struggle for me, yet so rewarding!

  5. Learning and desiring to lean on Jesus...that is pleasing to Him. I know He smiles down on you. :)

  6. I have a control issue also. I love to feel like I am in control. I have been praying and seeking to give my issue to Him, but it is a daily battle. I really don't like the out of control feeling that total surrender brings...but I am pressing through and am seeing the changes!

  7. It's so hard to just let go of that illusion of control sometimes, and let the One who truly has control take over. Only by laying our burdens in God's Hands and following His Will for us can we truly find the answers we need.

    Have a Blessed Day Lisa!

  8. Yes, I too struggle with self control. I want to be in control! Oh so important to be with Jesus and let Him have control. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you,