One of the things we are learning is how to let God take the lead. We want so much to do well, to do right. But our desire to do well sometimes gets mixed up with our desire to be right, or our desire to be on top. Those are purely human desires - pretty much impossible to avoid at some point in our lives. But if we have committed our lives to letting God lead us through out lives, we might need to examine our deisre to control the outcome of our lives. - and other folks lives, too.
I wonder what human challenges Jesus faced as he was growing up and maturing. Was one of the the desire to control - to take the reins from God - or the "reign" in Jesus case? I wonder how many times he had to be reminded as a child or to remind himself as he grew older, that he wasn't in control, God was.
God is still in control. No matter how many times we try to grab thte steering wheel and drive. We, as I imagine even Jesus did as he matured, have to let go and return control to God - sometimes more often than others. We turn it over and take it back and turn it over again...
But the more we turn things ofer to God and let God lead us instead of trying to lead God, well - the easier and more bountiful and beautigul the journey will be.
As we enter this new year, I invite you to walk with Jesus, and remember that when things are confounding you - it's probably just time to turn things over again.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7