Letting Go: The Art of Freedom
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Christianity is a relationship with God in which He takes over, becomes the head, and is responsible for us and our wellbeing. We are indeed true sons and daughters, and He is actually our Father! This truth leads us naturally into lasting freedom and fullness, but many struggle to enter in because of the tendency to latch on to control. We fear that God is not willing, or able to be the Father He promises to be, and so we feel safer holding on, taking matters into our own hands.
Letting go is an act of trust, of faith, and it requires that we choose to be open, vulnerable, and to risk. This “letting go” is not a science, meaning that there is no clearly outlined and proven path to take, or principles to apply in order to fully and completely let go, but rather it is an art, something more abstract in nature, fluid, and unique to us individually. The reason being is that God, through relationship with us, reveals His faithfulness and goodness to us, and over time we find ourselves effortlessly letting go of this and that. I say effortlessly because often we have not even noticed that in this or that area we have let go. It just sort of “happens” organically as we relate to our loving Abba.
Here are some things I have noticed concerning this “letting go” that have helped me and I am sure will indeed help you as well! First, letting go is not a work in the sense that it is not something we do actively, indeed if it were it would not be a letting go, but a holding on. Letting go is a release of responsibility, action, and care. We relinquish our rights to do, to accomplish, to preserve, to care for, and to worry about our lives and the individual components therein. Letting go is to see the loving hands of our Father as the only capable hands, and into them, we deposit these concerns.
Second, I would say that letting go is a decision we make over and over again as we bump into life and the situations that are found within it. We are faced almost unceasingly with the choice of either bearing it out ourselves, clenching our teeth, and forcing our way aggressively towards the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, or choosing to throw up our hands, recognizing our inability, and choosing to place the responsibility in the hands of our loving Father. As we go along this linear path called life we will choose both wisely and unwisely and we must decide early on to be ok with that. If we don’t we will crush ourselves under guilt, regret, and the burden of failure. We must choose to see things the way He does, and give ourselves space to goof things up.
Lastly, I would say that letting go, is a fruit of relationship with God. What I mean is it is something naturally produced as we engage in a true, intimate, and living relationship with God. We can’t force it, fake it, or make it up, but rather letting go flows gently and effortlessly from the water heads of experience, encounter, and trust. As we grow in our experience with God we will loosen our grip on things. Through encounter we will gain experiential knowledge of who He is, and we will truly know His faithfulness, tenderness, and goodness. From experience and encounter trust blossoms silently in our hearts soaking up the rays of His love like a spring flower!
So my friends let me offer some final encouragement: Relax. Yes you heard me! Do yourself a favor and just chill out. Let go of feeling like you have to let go! Letting go will happen I am certain of this. It is a guarantee! In the mean time relax and be present with God right now in this moment, bringing before Him all that you are. Bring before Him all your thoughts, feelings, concerns, worries, strengths, weaknesses, and failures. Thats right beloved, come just as you are, and thrust yourself into His capable hands. Begin to enjoy this journey, this adventure in letting go!