Monday, October 22, 2012

Hanging and Dangling~ Day 21 {Make. It. Count.}

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. Easy to say....not always easy to do.

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?

Simply put: it's a trust issue.

When it comes right down to it, it comes down to this: truly knowing God. It comes down to our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. 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.

Admittedly, I can't physically see God or actually hear His voice when He speaks to me.....but really, is that what matters? 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 often keeps God in a "holding pattern" - holding on to all that He 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.

Tired of gripping onto your life so tight the knuckles of your heart are white?

Hold the sky
{Photo Credit}
Tired of hanging and dangling and holding on for dear life?


Then.....



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.

All you have to do is let go........





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