A conversation I had earlier today reminded me of something I’m working on right now: giving things to God and letting them go. It’s kind of like En Vogue sings, “Give it up, turn him loose . . .” Have you ever had to let someone or something go? Have you ever prayed on something and said, “I’m giving it over to God” and told your friends/family that, too? I have. In fact, what I recall most about it is the not really letting it go part. I know I’m supposed to pray on it, ask God for assistance, and then stop worrying about it, working on it, wondering, etc. I know I’m supposed to let Him handle it. There is nothing He can’t do and there’s nothing I can do that will match or outdo what He can do. Truly letting God handle it is easier said than done, of course! After making the pledge to let God handle it, there are often little tests of our faith – someone calls us to ask about the issue and we start thinking about it, analyzing it, worrying about it again. Or we get an idea of how to handle something and we’re right back in there trying to finesse it, work it, fix it, whatever we can do . . . but here’s the issue when we do that – we’re not really trusting God with what we handed over to him. I’ve been working on this for a year now, more than a year . . . actually several years to be exact. And some days are easier than others. In fact, I find myself more at peace when I try my best to let God handle it, whatever “it” is at the time. It’s a daily thing – I have to keep reminding myself. Thankfully, it gets easier and easier the more I practice and ask God for guidance in letting go. This verse helps me to remember – 1 Peter 5:7 (“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”). I’m waiting on an answer to something that is pretty important to me and I’ve really practiced doing all I can, praying on it, and letting God take it from there. I’m trusting in Him to either make it happen or make something better happen (His will). And I believe He will.
If this has been an inspiration to you at all, let me know – I’d love to hear from you! And pass it on!