Control Panels

Kerry Tittle

Kerry Tittle

Founder, Refined Family

Kerry Tittle is a mother of 10 children and a 20+-year homeschool veteran. She is the founder of Refined Family. Her desire is to honor Christ while comforting others with the comfort she has received from the Lord. 

When I have seen a science fiction movie, they always seem to have these insanely-overdone control panels – especially the 80s era. I am pretty sure Jean-Luc Picard had no idea what all those buttons were for!

But recently, I have been contemplating control and have come to realize that my heart looks a lot like that Sci-Fi control panel. Through years of trials, God has allowed me to see my controlling nature. In my mind I would argue, I was doing what was best for my family and that may very well have been my intent, but when situations would go wrong I felt I needed to jump into action. You don’t just let go and let God, right?

Maybe sometimes.

Sometimes, God calls you to trust Him in ways that seem too dangerous to us. The thought of putting one of my babies in a floating basket without a lifejacket just wouldn’t happen. But Moses floated away from the hands that loved him into the murky waters of the Nile – to the very nation that wanted baby Hebrew boys dead. God had a purpose. A big one.

I would never get in a car without a driver’s wheel, or on a boat without a rudder. Yet Noah walked in to a gargantuan box, knowing he would be in there for at least forty days and forty nights with his faith in God being the only helm. God had a plan. A big one.

Sometimes trusting Him might mean sacrificing our reputation. Mary and Joseph understood this all too well. A virgin birth? Who’s going to believe that? God had a plan. A really big one!

Sometimes trusting Him may just seem nonsensical like going out and tossing a net overboard when you have been fishing all night! As hard headed as Peter was, he figured out obedience brought blessing. God had a plan. A big one.

God wants us to release all the control panels of our heart to Him.


Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
The size of our control panels is a telltale sign of the weakness of our faith or trust in God. Now I am not saying to go and put babies in water with no floatation devices and such. But with YOUR circumstances do you tend to trust the Lord and willingly surrender to Him or do you stay up all night contemplating your next move on the control panel? Does your control panel get consulted first or does the One who is sovereign over all hear from you?

Control panels stunt our faith. I am constantly learning the hard way that releasing things that are not in my control lifts a burden He never intended me to carry past the cross – and my fears give way to peace.


Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream.
I use root analogies often in my writing. But this verse has always struck me – specifically the word “planted.” Trees typically aren’t planted, but like our circumstances we are “planted” where He has put us. Then the sentence previous shows us that the safest place to put our trust is where we are planted – not in our control panels.

Christian, ponder your circumstances. Search your heart for control panels that are trying to do God’s work. Lay those ugly devices at his feet and ask for his forgiveness. Trust in Him to take care of you.

Psalm 50:15

And call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
Trusting in Him WILL give peace. Control panels wont.


Isaiah 26:3-4

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
God is writing your story and is sovereign over each chapter. He has a plan. A big one. Trust Him.


  1. Mary Adams

    Thank you for this. My control panel has been getting larger and I was unaware and didn’t recognise it. Know that you and your family have ever been in our prayers.
    Hugs dear cousin.

  2. Paul Kroger

    Kerry, excellent thoughts! I had not been aware of your blog until seeing a post by Debbie McIndoe today on Facebook. So glad I took a few moments to click on the link and enjoy your challenge to relinquish control to our Awesome God (trying to retain control is momentary and simply an allusion) and absorb the heartfelt words of Truth. Well done!

  3. Kimberly Harper

    Wow, great insight Kerry! I’m learning these lessons myself in some meaningful ways. When uncertainty looms large, I want to reach for a big button. But God has placed my control panel out of reach for this season. Yet, out of habit I reach until I remember- I can’t push enough buttons to make things right again. Not right by my standards. I must rest and trust in His unfailing love.

  4. Tammy

    Thank you Kerry! Exactly a struggle I’ve been battling with worry and stress trying to control my life. I must never doubt our Lord is in control and need to give it up to him. Only He will raise me up! You’re amazing Kerry and such a great inspiration to others! Love & Hugs!


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