Over the past four years, I have done my fair share of group projects and here is my conclusion: group projects are the friend of slackers and the foe of overachievers.
Maybe that is a little harsh, but in my experience, the project usually falls most heavily on one person and for some reason that person always seems to be me. I am sure it has something to do with my need for control…
Last night, I was finalizing a group project that was due today. I had so much work to do on top of that project and I just could not do it all. I had to ask for help. I had to let go of the control. I needed someone else.
I ended up asking for help and just going to bed. I figured I would get up early the next morning and start again. While I gave up the control, I was still worried. I woke up anxious—fearful that the project would not be done.
This week I am working close to 30 hours while going to school full time. I am stressed, to say the least. There is no way I am going to make it through this week without God’s help.
I found myself asking God for help, just as I had done with my classmate on the group project. However, I realized that trusting God to follow through on His promises meant not only admitting I needed it help, but it meant giving up the control, and also letting go of the anxiety I felt.
We have all trusted someone who let us down. Because of that, when it comes to God, we have trouble relinquishing full control. We forget that He is the exception; He does not disappoint.
He is asking us to give Him those things that we cannot do—but more than that, He is asking us to let go of the anxiety—the last bit of control we are clinging to—and fully trust Him.
While we cannot always trust people to do what we expect of them, we can always rely on God’s faithfulness.