Here is an anecdote about how Jesus is in control, not us. As the Bible says in Proverbs 16:33 [NLT]:
“ We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.”
As most of you will know, I am a self employed musician. Under that comes many things, including teaching instrumental lessons.
Now, I recently stopped working at a music school in London and started having students exclusively at my house. Which saves me money. I decided to drop teaching the Sax and Clarinet when I left the music school and just teach the Flute privately because Catherine Waithe-Arnold could teach the Flute alllllllllllllllllll day, the Alto Sax and the Clarinet… not so much lol
Here I am thinking “this is the greatest idea eva!!!” :-P. Yeah… but what does the Bible say about this in Proverbs 14:12 [NLT]?
“ There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
Jesus had other plans!
One day one of my students, flute no less, got lost on the way to my house… Consequently, i had some free time. Not being one to waste time I got on my phone and set about securing some more clients, which I am thankful to Jesus for helping me to do successfully.
I diversified and decided to teach a few more instruments (I teach less instruments than I play).
The thing that made me chuckle was at the end of the evening who should call? One of my Sax students from the music school. What did they want? Music lessons… lol.
I was never going to say no, that would be stupid and saying no to potential clients for no good reason is not how you run a business. It’s like Jesus had to take away the thing I was comfortable with to get me to do the thing He wanted me to do, which He knew would benefit me because the other clients I secured were for more money.
Conclusions: I am someone who is guilty of being comfortable, then Jesus has to take me out of my comfort zone in a radical way so I can grow. I’m always glad for it but I regret digging my heels in so often. From the story above we can see that Jesus took away what I, in my humanity, was relying on, in order for me to rely soley on Him.
God does not like it when we rely on humans for our protection and sucre. We know this because of scriptures like Jeremiah 17:5-8 [NLT] which says:
“ This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.  They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.  “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
We are in a relationship with Jesus and relationships require an element of trust. Don’t be afraid of changes that Jesus is trying to make in your life. Give up and give in to Jesus.
Lots of love