The words stared up at me from the page. "In those early years, I was afraid of so many things that I tried to control everything" (Lisa Burke) The sentence rang suspiciously true in my own life, and set my mind spinning.
Is the need to control things, to be in control - a symptom of fear?
The answer that came back to me was a resounding: Yes, it probably is.
So many women are managing their family - with kids in umpteen different directions, their homes, a marriage or other relationship, work, etc, etc, etc.As women we so often feel the need to control things. To manage things. To multi-task. Admit it - how many of you can say you have "control issues"?
What would happen if we let something so? What is the worst that will Really happen if we just take a step back and let a few chips fall where they may?
Are we afraid of appearing not good enough? Of being perceived as a bad mother? That our relationship will fail? That we will be found lacking or a failure?
Can we find the courage to relinquish control of a few of our fears to the Lord? To jump into the deep end. Let go of the handlebars. Take our hands off the wheel. To "let go and let God".
I doubt the consequences would be as devastating as many of us imagine. In fact, we might find a sense of freedom, especially from those fears that have control of us.