I had the pleasure of hearing Dave Martin speak at Victory Worship Center while visiting my son a quite some time ago in Arizona. He made a statement and it stuck with me. He said, “He is God and I am not!”
I can’t help but think about the many times that I thought my idea, my plan or my way of doing something had to be the way God would do it. So I did it—or I tried to control it—and it ended up like a decorated birthday cake splattered all over the kitchen floor as I tried to move it from the counter to the table.
I remember as a young person thinking, If I give God control, he’ll make me do something I don’t want to do. I was determined to hold on tight and control the outcome of my dreams. Eventually I learned those dreams, (Yes, even the ones I thought at first might never come true because of the choices I made on my own), were dreams He put inside my heart. I discovered only with him could those dreams become a reality. Once I let go and gave it all to Him, He made a way when there seemed to be no way at all. In most cases His way far surpassed every expectation I ever had.
So, the third way you can step into God’s rest is to:
3. Accept His authority for every detail in every area of your life.
The song, It is Well from Bethel music speaks to my heart on this. Part of the lyrics—“Let go, my soul, and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name.” If the waves and wind accept his authority and obey Him, we can too.
I admit there are things even today that I try to fix on my own, instead of giving it to him full control of the journey. His ways are so much more than I could have imagined. Still, letting go and trusting Him is a part of the rest He’s invited us to enter.