Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure— not in your anger,or you will reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland. Jeremiah 10:23-25
Jeremiah recognized his powerlessness and acknowledged his inability to direct his own life. Accepting powerlessness and unmanageability is the first step on the ‘Road to Recovery.’
This may be a painful step for us to take but it is a necessary beginning if we are going to learn to know and to trust God as we move forward.