When my oldest son was learning to ride a bicycle he needed to wear gloves. It wasn’t that his hands sweated profusely or were susceptible to sunburn. No. He would simply hold the handlebars so tightly that he formed blisters in very short order. We encouraged him to loosen his grip a little. “You have much less to fear than you think,” we told him. In fact, his tight grip strained his entire upper body. Ironically, his vise-like grip gave him less control than he imagined. “Relax!” we would say. Eventually he could…and did.
How often does Christ perhaps whisper those same words to us?
The need to control everything (and sometimes everyone) around us is both exhausting and non-productive.
The journey of following Jesus includes, in part, our decision to trust Him with tomorrow. That can be hard. We have some grand and important dreams that matter greatly to us. We have plans and projects that have become our daily companions and driving motivation. “We want it so bad we can almost taste it!” Marriage. Family. Job. Promotion. House. Travel. Education. Retirement.
Loosen your grip a little. Let Christ guide you.
Don’t let go altogether. That would make no sense. But when our lives become governed by the “not yet” or the “what if” it produces a sink-hole beneath our faith. How different life becomes when we place the unknown in Christ’s hands. How free.
Our grip might relate to finances, health, or relationships. Can we trust Jesus with it all? I cannot control the stock-market, my DNA, or even my children’s choices—much as I’d like to. So I do what I can to steer gently, always trusting the Journey to the hands of Him who sees the end as well as the beginning.
How’s your bike-riding these days? Need gloves?