We really do learn this quite young, don’t we?  This desire to be in control.

My 18 month old nephew Noah has learned it.  All he wants is the remote control to the TV.  He’s realized that there’s something about pushing the buttons, something about the feel of control in his hands.  And if you try to take it away from him, he lets you know he’s not happy.

Not so different from us.

We love to try to control our lives, but unlike the random button-pushing of a toddler, we stay to linger on the scenes and situations we like and quickly try to click away from the ones we don’t.  If something doesn’t meet our expectations, we want to move on as quickly as possible to something else more enjoyable.  Click.

Sometimes we just need to give up the remote.

It may be that God wants us to stay in the story we’re in at the moment because He knows how that story will end and if we “click” away too soon, we’ll miss out on something really great.  But it may also be that we’re trying to stay in a story that seems good to us, but God knows better.  Much better.

I need to hand over control, and leave the channel changing to Him.

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  James 4:7

Let Him do to me as seems good to Him. 2 Samuel 15:26

Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD;      2 Chronicles 30:8


I’ve been on vacation, spending time with family, relaxing, reading, forgetting what it is like to wake up to an alarm clock.

So nice.

But tomorrow it ends, and I’ll start the journey home, and all the realities of everyday life that I left behind a few weeks ago will be back in the forefront.  And I’ll think about how great vacations are, and how nice it is to escape.   It made me think of this entry I first posted last summer.  It was good for me to read it again. Maybe you’ll need it at this time of year, too…

Have you ever wanted to just…escape?

I have.  Lots of times.  I’ve wanted to escape…run…hide…leave…delay…avoid.

One morning on my way into work, I actually seriously considered what it would be like to keep driving and turn towards the Interstate instead of staying straight on the road into downtown.   I didn’t do it.  I went to work like I do every other day.  And of course in hindsight, whatever it was I wanted to escape from or avoid was probably not all that bad.  It appears I survived.

But those thoughts creep into our minds every once in a while when life becomes difficult.  We think it would be so much better to just get away from it all instead of having to face the problem or the person or the circumstance or the challenge.

Seems we’re not alone.  Even King David – you know, the one who as a boy faced down a certain giant with only a sling and some stones – said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.  Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.  I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” (Psalm 55:6-8)

Wings would come in handy sometimes.

But God didn’t make us with wings, so I’m thinking that He created us for something other than flying away.  I’m thinking that He created us to face down the giants instead of looking for the escape route.

So the next time the temptation to run away starts stirring in my heart, I’ll stay put and face whatever it is I need to face.

And I know I won’t be alone.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.   Deuteronomy 13:6

Fear not,  for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.               Isaiah 41:10

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?     Psalm 139:7

Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24

Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”                 Genesis 16:13

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:13