Five Minute Friday: Control

Happy Friday! Today we write, for five minutes–unscripted–on one word. This is a warm and welcoming community, so feel free to jump in and join us. There’s a lot of talented writers linking up their blog posts and I’m often moved by what they write. Click here for more details.

Ready…set…go!

control

When I saw today’s prompt, I laughed. Control. Well of course I’m going to write about that. I’m a control f-r-e-a-k.

Yes, I’m well-aware that control is just an illusion.

Doesn’t stop me from wanting it. Craving the illusion that I’ve got it all figured out. If only God would move and act and do on my timing, everything would be perfect.

Then my stomach’s coiled in knots and everything in my life feels like it’s coming at me much too fast and I find myself cleaning my house like royalty is coming for dinner. (Does anyone else do that? Clean things they wouldn’t normally clean when they feel stressed?)

That’s usually when I throw my hands up in the air and whisper a humble prayer. Okay. I got it. I’m not in control. To be perfectly honest, it’s also in this moment that I acknowledge it’s a good thing I’m not the ruler of the universe.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” -Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

 

Comments

  1. pat:

    I either start cleaning or decluttering and throwing away other people’s stuff! lol! God is good and He holds all things together.

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    • Heidi:

      God is good. All the time. Thanks for stopping by, Pat.

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  2. Alice William:

    Clean like the royalty is coming home 🙂 Been there, done that! ” it’s a good thing I’m not the ruler of the universe.” Heidi, your writing makes me smile 🙂 Your thoughts here are wonderful.

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    • Heidi:

      Thank you very much, Alice. I appreciate your encouragement. It’s a challenge (for me) to write something coherent in less than five minutes. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  3. Andréa Lane:

    Hi again Heidi! I love your thoughts on control today, and actually shared about a very specific time in my life where stress drove me to clean today. I’d love for you to check it out.
    God Bless,
    Andréa

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    • Heidi:

      Hey, Andrea. I’ll click on over and visit your post now. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Jeanne Takenaka:

    I had to laugh at your intro, Heidi. As soon as I saw the prompt, I knew. I just KNEW I’d be writing on it too. Only, there are so many control issues to write about from my life arsenal, I didn’t know which one to choose. 😉 Well, God kind of did that for me.

    I have to confess. I don’t clean when I’m stressed. I may straighten a little. I probably should clean, but I tend to pace. I can’t concentrate on things. 🙂

    Great post today, friend. 🙂

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    • Heidi:

      It’s a great prompt, isn’t it? I was encouraged by the many different ways people approached the prompt, while revealing that we humans struggle with control and living out our faith at the same time. Loved what you said about your ‘life arsenal’ … I just started the Storycrafters program from Novel.Academy with Susan May Warren and one of the introductory questions involves writing down three areas from the past decade that we’ve struggled with, which will help serve as a springboard to start a novel. Our life arsenals certainly give us plenty of material to work with, don’t they? Thanks for stopping by, Jeanne.

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  5. Sarah Geringer:

    Glad to be visiting from FMF. It’s my first time writing for it, and I’m happy to discover so many talented writers like you!

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    • Heidi:

      Hi Sarah. Welcome to Five Minute Friday. I think you’ll really enjoy being a part of this wonderful community. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Reply

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