In my bible study we learn a lot about control; About the illusion that we really have much control over our lives, about the downfall of people who try exert extreme control of their circumstances, and about how in the end, only God really has control over anything.
One thing I find interesting as I get older is the fact that the more control I try and exert over my situation and others, the more fearful I get of everything coming crashing down. Yet the more faith I have in God to handle those things that are out of my sphere of responsibility, the more comfort and security I feel. And so I found the following quote from Bernie Maddoff’s interview with Barbara Walters timely and fascinating.
Hey says: “I feel safer here (in prison) than outside. I have people to talk to, no decisions to make. I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear. Now, I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”