Monday, November 8, 2010

NOT being in control

Thus far, for our 30 days of gratitude, I've written what I'm thankful for or what I think we, as a family, are thankful for.

Today I asked Ryan specifically what he is thankful for.

His response? "I'm thankful that I'm not in control."

My response: "Are you really thankful that you're not in control?"

Ryan: "Yes. Because if I was in control we wouldn't have Samuel."

Whew.

His statement made me reflect on the wisdom that comes with age and life experience. 

Not everyone gains wisdom with age and life experience. But I truly believe that those who trust God with their future - and relinquish control of the how, when, where and why of that future -  will come out on the other side a wiser person.

Because trusting God and relinquishing control changes a person. It changes thought-processes, changes beliefs, and changes how we view God.

For Ryan, he views giving up control of our family and the awesome, unexpected gift of a son as going hand in hand.

So as Ryan now waits on God again, he doesn't question His faithfulness. He doesn't strive to control the situation. He's just thankful that the future of our family is not reliant upon him.

Now that's something to be thankful for.

1 comment:

JellyBelly said...

Wow. What a great lesson to be reminded of. Thanks Ryan!