“I am in control,” is a declaration that really is an illusion. It hast to have our ego’s to survive. It’s really hard to admit that we don’t really control our lives. The actuality of it all is that we are fundamentally dishonest about the reality, that we do not control our lives. We all rely on something that transcends us. The hard facts of the statement, “we are not in control” scares us to death.
Dr. Seuss reminds us in his story of “Yertle the Turtle” just how out of control we are and what small things can remove us from our thrones. The supposed story revolves around Yertle the Turtle, the king of the pond. Unsatisfied with the stone that serves as his throne, he commands the other turtles to stack themselves beneath him so that he can see further and expand his kingdom. However, the turtle at the bottom of the pile, named Mack, asks Yertle for a respite. Ignoring his request, Yertle commands more and more turtles to add to his throne, until he notices the moon rising above him as the night approaches. Furious that something “dares to be higher than Yertle the King”, he decides to call for even more turtles in an attempt to rise above it. However, before he can give the command, Mack burps, shaking the stack of turtles and tossing Yertle off into the mud, leaving him “King of the Mud” and freeing the others.
The old adage is the first shall be last. And everyone that exalts himself shall be humbled. So even if you’re Yertle VIP, MVP, PHD, CEO, BMOC – as gross as it may sound your one burp away from reality. You’re not in control! Resign as chief of the universe and let God control your life. I think it’s called surrender.