Give It Up: Losing Control

Those who know me well agree that I like order.  I’m not a big fan of surprises, I like to know what’s coming, and have predictable, straight lines.  If I’m going to be “spontaneous,”  it had better be written on my check off list for the day.

I find that my need for control has only grown since burying my daughter. I hunger for the peace of mind that I have done everything possible to protect my loved ones from whatever complications the day could present.

Life is not conforming to my plan.

Maybe that’s the point… to let go.

But I don’t like it.

Recently,  I missed work for the first time because of my disease.  It was humbling and  frightening. I have fought hard.  I have trudged to dozens of appointments, complied with every treatment, pushed through days of pain and not wanting to get out of bed, all with the desperate hope that I can control this instead of it

controlling me. But this day came that no matter how hard I pushed, I couldn’t do it; I literally could not walk down the stairs that day.

Mark had faithfully tended to me through the night, bringing my medicine, quietly letting me squeeze the circulation from his hand through the pain, and offering words of comfort and encouragement when I didn’t want to breathe through another minute.  I was at the mercy of my body and my sickness, and it terrified me.

My family has been weathering my storm with such grace.  My husband has never complained when he has worked all day and then come home to clean and cook and tend to the kids so I can rest.  He has never uttered an ill word about accompanying me to all my appointments, or missing an opportunity to go out when I needed someone to sit next to me while I slept.  My sweet children have quietly understood when we have missed special outings because mommy wasn’t up to it.

 They have cried with me, snuggled up beside me, and whispered earnest prayers for healing.  I will never forget the disappointed sweetness on Jacob’s face when we were supposed to go out on a Mommy/Son date and I felt terrible that day.  Trying to hide his discouragement, he said, “that’s OK

Mommy, how about we snuggle on the couch together and watch a movie instead so you can rest.”

 Always a tender heart

I want to call a time out… I want to shout that I have already done my “tough.”  I want my “get out of jail free” card.  I know that sounds so selfish… but I’m scared, and I’m worn, and I don’t want my husband and my kids to have to bear the burden of fear again.

I am struggling to accept that the things I imagined for my future are being reshaped by this new normal.  Right now I am fighting with letting go. It is a hard battle, one that in reality probably every person struggles with in some way.

People try to give comfort by saying “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  Have you heard it? Have you asked where He said that?  He didn’t.  So maybe when I reach the point of being burdened beyond my strength, when I am empty and have nothing left, when I reach the point of giving up…maybe that’s when His strength will be seen in me.

I am terrified to get to that point… but I am thankful beyond words for my faithful team that is here to walk through it with me.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” 
                                                                                      Psalm 27:14

He will strengthen my heart!! YOUR heart!!  What a powerful promise; one I will be clinging tight to as I learn to loosen my grip on the things I can not control.

Time for more patient waiting, and less kicking and screaming.  Oh boy. That’s not my strong suit. Please pray me through it, and my poor family and friends who have to put up with me along the way.

Please leave me a comment; it lets me know you’re listening!

1 thought on “Give It Up: Losing Control”

  1. Hannah, love this post and the verse you chose, Psalms 27:14. I have been having the same struggle of letting go. It's hard! I believe, with all my heart, if we keep going to God's Word, we will find ALL our answers to every problem, every need and exactly what we need to do. I'm so grateful you have such a precious family and wonderful friends to walk this journey with you. Thanks for sharing your precious heart. Love, Sue


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