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Jesus take the wheel?? Makes a good song, right? But to give it to God and trust Him in difficult times is often easier said than done! How do you let go and let God be in control when you are going through trying times in life and every fiber of your being wants to hold onto the wheel? How do you give it to God and let Him navigate the roads of life?


Trusting God in Difficult Times - Jesus Take the Wheel - A woman in a powder blue car, wearing clothes like the 50's


Give it to God -Trusting God in Difficult Times

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went through a really tough time. We were living somewhere that wasn’t working out for us. We could just feel the need to move on.


It was a bad move to begin with, but was necessary for him to complete his doctorateGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 2.


It just seemed like nothing was working out for us there. Even my daughter, who was in her first year of high school, wasn’t happy and didn’t feel she fit in.


It was time to move on, but that would prove to be easier said than done.




He started applying for jobs all throughout the country. In his career, you don’t just look at one location. You basically have to be willing to go where the opportunity presents itself. Since he had gotten every job he ever interviewed for we thought this would be easy!


We were wrong.



Give it to God When You’re in the Wilderness

He had TONS of interviews! In fact, he had so many interviews I literally had to start a spreadsheetGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 4. I am not even joking.


I had to track all these phone interviews, and face-to-face interviews, where they were and the results of them. He was traveling all over the country on what seemed like a weekly basis and was usually one of two finalists for the position.


And yet one door after another slammed shut. He didn’t get the job.


We were at a loss. We didn’t understand what was going on! All of a sudden this man who always got the job wasn’t getting any!



Usually, it was because they would end up hiring an internal candidate or not hiring anyone at all! ‘Weird’ was the only way I could describe it. I am not just talking about one or two jobs. I am talking more like twenty!


It was honestly the most baffling time of our lives! It made no sense! One or two jobs, yeah I can see that. But tens of jobs? Something was going on!!


We were in our own personal wilderness with God leading the way, except we were too busy looking at where we THOUGHT we should be heading instead of looking for where God was leading us!

Give it to God – Entering My War Room

Then a job opened up in ConnecticutGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 6 where we had lived previously. My husband is from Connecticut originally and I had lived there for over fifteen years so it was really home for us. We had family there. We had really been wanting to move back home and here was this job that opened up! So of course, he applied.


He got the interview and flew to Connecticut and then, that same week, flew to another state for another interview.


While he was at the airport returning home from the interview in the other state, he called me. He said three words that still give me goosebumps.

Let Go and Let God -Trusting God in Difficult Times - Jesus Take the Wheel - A woman in a powder blue car, wearing clothes like the 50's


We’re going home!


He got the job back home in Connecticut and we would be returning home in about six weeks. I immediately broke into tears.



As I went about the rest of my day, beginning to make arrangements to move, something hit me.


Two months before all this happened, before we even started looking for jobs, my husband and my daughter had made me a War RoomGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 8 in our house. I would go in each day and spend time in prayer, blog there, etc.


On the wall was a sheet of paper where I wrote out what I was praying forGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 10!


I had at that time started praying that God would make a wayGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 12 for us to go back home. I prayed for it every day!


Because we were unhappy with where we were and what was going on there, because we were worried about finding another job, because we were focused on the NOW and that job in Connecticut wouldn’t even be on the radar Give it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 14for another six months, I had forgotten that I had even prayed for it!


I was willing to let go and let God answer that prayer when I added it to my prayer list, BEFORE the difficulties arose. But it was easy to forget that request and to forget I was giving it to God and letting Him be in control when I was in the middle of all these trials.


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I was focused on the situation that we were in and the jobs that were available at THAT moment and couldn’t see that God was working to answer my prayersGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 16 just because the answer wasn’t visible yet.


I had this plan for how God should have worked things. I always believed I was giving it to God but the reality was I was directing Him. We often do that, don’t we?



Give it to God – Jesus Take the Wheel

We often hear this saying (and the songGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 18!), but do we truly live it?


It is often as though we are on this road trip with God behind the wheel. We are traveling this road that we THINK we know. And we see a turn to the left and we shout “God!  Take this road!  I know this road…it is perfect!!  It is a shortcut!!  It’s a great way to go!!”


But God keeps going!


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Then another turn to the right! “God!  Take THIS road!!! This road is easy! This road has some great scenery! It’s so nice! I know you’d love for me to see this road!!”


But God keeps going!


“God, turn HERE! This is the last road!! If we don’t turn here we are going to end up somewhere I don’t know!! We may end up somewhere horrible!!!”


But He keeps going!


Then we arrive where God was leading and it is the most beautiful destination! It is better than anything we could have imagined!! And if God had granted our wishes and turned down any of those detours, we wouldn’t be in the wonderful place we are now.


I prayed for so many states, so many jobs, so many opportunities!! We looked into each area he was interviewing in and thought how awesome it would be to live there. And each time God drove on past it.



It wasn’t that any of these other places were bad; they were all good! They just weren’t best!


God was answering my prayers, the prayers I had even forgotten about by that time because of all the stress and because each location looked better than where we were!!  I thought I was able to easily give it to God but truth was, I wasn’t trusting God enough to see Him moving.


I was saying “Jesus take the wheel, as long as you go where I tell you!” We want Him to take the wheel but WE want to navigate! We say ‘let go and let God’ as long as He is doing it the way we picture!



Trusting God is in Control

Trust that God is in control and He has a plan!


No matter what you THINK may look good, God has betterGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 20. What we THINK we want may only scratch the surface of the wonderful things God has in store!!


God has brought us home and placed us in a part of the state that we are absolutely in LOVE with.


At the time we couldn’t understand how he had been a finalist for almost every single job he went for and didn’t get a single offer. And I realize now, if God had allowed him to get ANY job offer prior to this one, he would have taken it because we were SO miserable where we were. Then we wouldn’t be where we are now.


Trusting God in difficult times really shouldn’t be something to fearGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 22!! He’s got you!! God is in control! So toss out the mapGive it to God - How to Let Go and Let God Handle It! 24 YOU brought on the trip and don’t just let Jesus take the wheel, let Him do the navigating as well!


He knows the roads far better than you!! Just let go and let God handle it!

What are some ways you have struggled to give it to God in various situations? How did you overcome the temptation to handle it all yourself?



Let Go and Let God - Bible Verses for Trusting God in Difficult Times

Psalm 34:17

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. - NIV

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - NIV

Proverbs 16:3

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. - ESV

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. - ESV



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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Donna Miller

    This is so beautiful! I love how God works all things out for our good. He does so much more than we can even imagine. I am so happy for y’all that you got to return home! Many blessings to you! ❤️

    Barbara Smith
    Barbara Smith

    Thanks for sharing such a blessed experience! Happy to hear you made your way back home of God’s will. He will direct us in the right direction as long as we let go and let HIM take over as you mentioned. Many blessing to you and your family.?


    Love that song and how you related to it. He had plans for you. Plans to give you a hope and a future!

    shan walker

    Wow! What a wonderful testimony that God is good all the time and He gives His children the desires of their heart. Even though you forgot about your desire. 😉 congrats!

    Andrew Restrepo @ TheRoadToEmmaus.ca

    Thanks for this post! I enjoyed your story & agree with you. We often try and navigate when we ask Jesus to take the wheel. I need to trust that He has a plan. God bless you.

    Ryan @ Spiritual Parent

    A great reminder to trust, which is an important form of obedience, I think. Thanks for sharing your personal story here.


    I love the this story of Gods faithfullness!
    It appeared He wasn’t answering prayers when in reality He was answering the one most important to you! Gods timing is always best! Praise Him!!!
    Thanks for writing this piece!


    Great reminder that letting God be God is easier said than done. I’ve taken the wheel way too many times in my life, but thankfully, God is faithful to let me see the path I choose is never as good as His!

    Jerusha Agen

    Love this post, Diane. I especially love your analogy of the roadtrip, where we’re trying to tell God where to turn, where to stop, etc. That is so me, getting so hung up on what I think is best that I don’t see the true best He has in store for me. Thanks for this encouragement today!

    Amy @ Orison Orchards

    Awwww, I’m so happy for you! Connecticut is beautiful, and there is NO place like home! Beautiful post, too, and so true that God always has a plan for us that is better than any alternative we can dream up for ourselves! All we need to do is be patient and TRUST in Him!

    Ina @ Crafty For Home

    Congrats for the new job to your hubby, God will answer our prayer in a mysterious way, what we pray for will come true sooner or later, sometime the answer is the best one more than what we expected.

    Kristin Cook

    This is so true! My husband and I were in a very similar job search situation. We didn’t end up near home, but I do believe we ended up exactly where we were meant to be, and I trust His plan. I still have to remember that though, now that we are freshly planted in Georgia and unpacking boxes. lol.


    Nicely said.

    shan walker

    I needed to read this one more time and it blessed me today even more than last time. I love your last quote so much that I tweeted it so others could enjoy too! 😉

    Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    This is such a great reminder. I like to be in control–or feel like I am, at least–so sometimes trusting is easier said than done.


    God had a plan for you! There was a reason all of the interviews didn’t work out! I’m so glad your path took you back home to Connecticut! It sounds like you will be really happy there! I pray you have a safe move! Take care!

    Jasmine Hewitt

    Congratulations on the new chapter in ya’lls life!


    “We want Jesus to take the wheel but we want to navigate.”
    Oh my goodness yes. This is such a sticky point of life. Thank you for the reminder to surrender to Jesus.

    Maree Dee

    Letting God have control is hard for me. I tend to move fast, and God doesn’t seem to have the same pace. Many times I find myself making a move and then looking back over my shoulder to check and see if God is coming along. However, when walking through difficult circumstances, it is entirely different. I take every step with Him leading. Now I need to get it right all of the time.