God is Not a Micromanager

A client recently shared some frustrations with me regarding her boss. She is responsible for a facility that belongs to a larger network and her manager oversees the region.

The client relayed that she produces results, customer satisfaction is healthy, and her facility even won a recent award. Yet, you could hear the frustration in her voice as she described how her boss micromanages her. “It’s as if he doesn’t trust me,” she said. “And if that persists over time, I don’t know if this is the place for me. What should I do?”

This client is a believer so this coaching conversation quickly turned to a spiritual one. We were no longer talking about her manager; we were talking about how to pray for God’s direction in her life and career. At one point she said, “It’s funny. The way my boss micromanages me drives me crazy but I wish God would just tell me exactly what to do.”

There’s just one problem . . . God isn’t a micromanager. But how often do we wish that God would micromanage us? Let’s think about that.

When you consider the multitude of elements that exist and function together in nature, it is difficult to fathom how God keeps the universe in motion. Or think about the intricacies of the human body such as the miracle of a breath which demonstrates God’s attention to detail. But, when it comes to our decisions, God allows us to make those.

Some truths to keep in mind:

1. He will not force Himself on us and will only be a part of our lives if we ask. If only we would choose wisely and involve Him.

2. His participation in our lives involves our choices and His path is there for the taking. The amazing thing about God is the gift He offers. He is always there if we will recognize it and simply ask Him to be a part of all we do.

3. His direction probably won’t result in a step-by-step plan. Remember, He doesn’t micromanage us. However, once we ask, He provides the guidance and direction we need. While we may be surprised by the path He leads us down or even the destination, the peace and assurance we can experience is like no other. Proverbs 3:5-6

This ties back to that coaching conversation.

The client has some interesting weeks ahead. She is asking God to show her the next steps and those steps may include a renewed relationship with her boss, or it might involve a completely new start at some point. The beauty of the situation will be seeing how He will lead her and equip her to take those next steps.

And for us? He’s the best “manager” we can have. Am I taking advantage of that relationship and truly inviting Him into my life? Are you?

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  3. Kayla – Wow….. gave me goose bumps! You really, really hit the nail on the head. What wonderful insight you brought to the situation.

    • Thanks for your comment Stephanie. Funny how dialogue on one topic can spur a much deeper conversation! So glad you enjoyed the article.

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