It is so easy and so natural for us to believe that control is the source of the greatest joy. If I have power to direct my own life, if I can order my days, if my resources expand to provide limitless choices, then I can have what I want and experience joy. Jesus said and lived the opposite. He told the religious leaders of his day that he did nothing of his accord, but entirely submitted himself to the will and mission of his Father. Even when that will and mission led him into pain, even when he longed for another way, he yielded. And his call to us is to follow him in this way of life, to obey what God has revealed, to submit to divine pruning. Why? “That your joy may be full.” Learning obedience to God is the pathway into deep intimacy with him and each other. It is the pathway into the full and joy-filled life we were made for.