Friday, April 22, 2011

Loosening Our Grip~

A man was walking along the edge of a cliff, enjoying the scenery and his time alone in nature, when without warning, the ground beneath his feet gave way. As he fell, he was able to grab onto a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He knew he couldn't hang onto to this branch forever. He also knew there was no way he would be able to climb the steep wall of the cliff. So, he started yelling for help, hoping someone would hear him and come to his rescue. "Help! Help! Is anyone up there?" He yelled for what seemed like hours, then he heard a voice.

"Can you hear me?"

"Yes! Yes!" the man cried. "Help me, please. You've just gotta help me!"

"Yes. I can see you there. How are you, Tom?"

Surprised that this "stranger" knew his name, the man replied, "Uh, who are you....and where are you? I don't see you."

"It's me....the Lord, Tom."

"The Lord? You mean........GOD?!"

"That's Me."

"God, please help me! I promise if You'll get me down from here, I'll stop sinning. I'll be a really good person. I'll serve You for the rest of my life."

"Easy on the promises, Tom. Let's just get you down from there; then we can talk. Now, here's what I want you to do. Listen carefully."

"I'll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do."

"Okay. Let go of the branch."

"What?"

"I said, let go of the branch.. Just trust Me. Let go."

There was a long silence. Finally Tom yelled,

"HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?"

Let go and let God.

In our heart of hearts, we know God is MORE than capable of handling our needs. We know God is ALL LOVE, ALL THE TIME. We know God is working all things for our good, and for His glory. We know God has it all under control. And yet, we are afraid to relinquish our control.

Every time I hear the story of Tom, I often think of how the story would have ended if the one who came to his rescue would have been a close acquaintance. To make it personal, I picture myself hanging on for dear life and the one coming to my rescue being someone from my family; my father, my mother or my sister. Somehow, if it was one of them counseling me to "let go", I think I would. I would trust them enough to listen to their instruction and follow their guidance.

Why is the struggle with God so much more intense? Why, when God answers, do we bypass His invitation, and continue our pursuit to find help in our time of need? Why do we so quickly turn to people (or things)and turn away from God?

I think it comes down to our trust in God. I think it comes down to truly knowing God. It comes down to our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. I think it comes down to the level of intimacy we have with God.

As a little girl, I was extremely blessed. I grew up in a family that could be trusted. I knew they loved me and wanted only the best for me. I knew they would never do anything to harm me or to hurt me. While I may not have understood everything they tried to teach me, I understood their heart. If they told me to let go, I let go.

It is no different with God. Sure, I can't physically see Him or actually hear His voice when He speaks to me.....but really, does any of that matter? It wasn't my father's voice that "saved" me when I was in trouble. It wasn't my mother "being there" that helped me to trust her. Who they were and how they felt about me was all that mattered. I knew they loved me and could be trusted. My heart knew their heart.

That's the way it should be with our Heavenly Father. We need to come to a place of undeniable trust. It is hard. I am the first to admit that. I hold onto to my life until the knuckles of my heart are white! Yet, I will also be the first to admit that my holding on has God in a holding on pattern, too.....holding on to all that God wants to do in my life. He can't release His plans for my life into my heart, until I am ready to release my heart into the plans He has for my life.

At some point, we HAVE to let go. We can't keep hanging on to the branches in our life forever. God is there. He is more than willing to step in and help us....more than ready to reach down, pick us up, and place us on the steady and sure foundation of His will for our life. But, he's waiting on us.

Place Your Life Before God

1 -2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2, The Message

God is asking us to present ourself.....our body, our thoughts, our emotions, our will....to Him as a living sacrifice. He is calling us to let go. As we begin to take our eyes off of the world (and self!) and focus on God...fixing our attention on our Heavenly Father, we are changed. We begin to know God in a deeper, more REAL way; a way that makes it easier and easier for us to trust Him with our life. It is a process, a daily renewing of our mind and a daily relinquishing of our control into the control of God.

How about you? Are you ready to start loosening your grip on your life and allowing God to take over?

Go ahead, let go!

Fall into the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

Hands that have the evidence of unfailing, trustworthy, I love you so much I died for you love engraved upon them.

You can trust God.

Let go........

2 comments:

  1. I love this! We hang on out of fear. God is waiting for us to let go and trust HIM! Thanks.

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  2. This is beautiful! And it's something God is trying to teach me everyday...if only I wasn't so stubborn! :)
    C.

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