Christ Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:10-32) provides a useful example of this very lesson. The story focuses on a son who felt that he was his own man and completely able to deal with life on his terms. Longing to be on his own, he requested, received, and squandered his inheritance. He had quite a time of it, and subsequently made quite a mess of things.
But… and it’s an important but… the Bible tells us "he came to himself”. This is one of my favorite lines in the story!