For someone with a history of thinking I needed to be in control – a direct result, no doubt, of being totally out of control as a child in an ongoing traumatic circumstance – isn’t it something that I would actually want to be micro managed? But it really should come as no surprise.
Given how passionately I love the Lord, and given that He is Creator of the universe, my Father in heaven, healer, deliverer, redeemer, restorer, and a zillion other things, I can’t imagine a greater blessing when it comes to the management of my day-to-day life than to be managed by the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. There is nobody in the universe I would rather love and serve than Him, not to mention be managed by.
Now I didn’t say this is easy; quite frankly, it’s not. My flesh is not exactly jumping up and down for joy when God tells me to do something challenging, uncomfortable, new, different, anything at all that means my flesh has to get under subjection as I obey the Lord. No, of course it’s not easy. Jesus Himself said we would have to deny ourselves (our flesh) and carry a cross (ugh!) in order to follow Him.
And, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, I can’t remember the last time I had a single day without the challenge of having to deny my flesh (my own wants, desires, dreams, plans, agenda, etc.) in order to obey the Lord. Nor can I recall the last time my flesh didn’t endure some level of suffering as I continue to learn how to carry my cross. Wanting to be micro managed by God most assuredly does not guarantee an easy life.
But it does guarantee something more precious than any single treasure on this earth – a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate, relationship with the Lord God almighty. So what does a micro managed life look like? I’m not an expert. In fact, in many ways I believe I’m just a beginner at this. But I can say definitely where it all begins.
I seek the Lord’s face throughout the day and evening, I dig daily and deeply into His Word, I pray and listen, and I do my very best to obey. Not just with the big things, but yes, even with the little things. And I am quite certain that if I did this even more than I do now (and I most certainly have a long way to go!), I would only experience more peace and joy than I already do. Easy on the flesh? Of course not. But so utterly amazing when I consider what matters most. The Lord, and my walk with Him.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 KJV
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23 KJV