The Reality Of Not being In Control – Wednesdays With Desiree Taylor

Desiree and son

by Desiree Taylor

Tonight my husband took my son David for a ride in the car. Not just any ordinary car ride but one where my son drives and I am in the back seat. We have an older son who is twenty one years old so it isn’t the first time doing this but it is still the same old lesson for me.

I remember when I took my oldest son Kyle out to drive. My heart was beating a million miles a minute. My hands were sweaty and shaking. I kept asking God what was making me so anxious. The answer was humbling to say the least.

My hands were not on the wheel. I didn’t have any control over anything and I did not like that.

Of course I needed to defend that statement but I knew deep down God was right. This statement was true not just in that car but in all of my life.

To be in control for me was a security for me.

Let’s face it, it feels safer and more comfortable when we are in control. God asks us daily to give Him control of the wheel. Do we hold on to it and stay in the driver’s seat or are we willing to move over into the passenger seat?

I have to admit up until that point I at least had one hand on the wheel most of my days. God wanted me to trust Him fully and I was fighting it.

Some days it was fear, some days it was stubbornness and pride.

Why do we feel we can do a better job than God can? What do we think will happen if we let Him take over?

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

How I long to be this tree!!

Are you trying to control life today? Are you afraid of what will happen when you let go?

I encourage you to try it. God is incredibly and amazingly faithful! I have been practicing letting go of the wheel the last five years. I have seen such growth and I have experienced such peace and rest. God can do so much more than we can and He has an amazing destination for us if we let Him drive.

Let God examine your heart today and show you if you are holding on to tightly or trying to control everything? If you are ask Him to take the wheel today and watch your roots grow deeper in Him.

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Meet Desiree Taylor

My name is Desiree Taylor. I am a wife to a wonderful man, a mom to two boys Kyle and David. My heart is to share my life and heart in a transparent way to show you how my relationship with Jesus Christ has transformed me from the inside out. I pray my story and writing that you find at my blog;, causes you to seek God more and draw closer to Him, in a way that brings transformation and freedom to your life.

3 thoughts on “The Reality Of Not being In Control – Wednesdays With Desiree Taylor

  1. I could soooo relate! My daughter is 17 and has her permit. Yikes! I keep saying to myself, “Jesus, take the wheel!” lol But I also understand it from the other perspective that when I was in control, I was sending a message that I didn’t trust the Lord. I sadly had to go through a lot of bad circumstances before I really understood that God cannot move in my life as long as I was in the lead. Once I figured it out, my whole life changed. Great post! Blessings!

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  2. Been in that exact predicament 6, soon to be 7 times! (Shudder!)
    Learning to let go of the illusion that I am in any way in control of my life, or
    of any one else’s, has been a difficult, yet essential life lesson. You write
    beautifully of the need to relinquish control to God.

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