Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Exit Stage Right

During the early 90's, I had the privilege of traveling as a chaperone with a Christian drama group one summer. For three months, the twelve of us (ten teens and one other male chaperone) traveled up and down the east coast, stopping at church after church to perform a play based on the life of Adoniram Judson. It was a truly great experience (despite the lack of AC in the van that hot summer). If you've ever been involved in drama, you know exactly what I mean. When everyone willingly does their part, whether it be running the lights or playing the lead role, the story comes together beautifully.

Years later and supposedly much wiser, I see that is much like the drama that is our lives. So often we want to be the director but that's not the role God has for us to fill. How much sweeter the story is when we sit back and allow Him to direct our steps, willing to obey and trusting that He sees the big picture.

Jeremiah knew this. "I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps." Are we willing to step aside as directors, relinquish the need to be in control, and allow God to produce His good work in our lives?


Jennifer said...

I was just journaling about this. I hope that I am willing to step aside, or give up or take on things when called, but I think when we are really asked to do it, it's harder.

Katrina said...

Good thoughts, Dianne. I have such a hard time giving up control of my life - it seems like every day, I have to deal with that issue all over again. But you're right - when I do let God direct my steps and run the "play," everything turns out so much better.