The process of letting go

When I was a teenager there was a lesson horse who was different than the rest. The harder we pulled back to slow her down, the faster she ran. Our instructor would be in the middle of the arena telling us to drop the reins, “When you drop the reins and let go, she’ll slow down!!” She would scream as we tightly held onto the reins, trying to do everything else, rather than letting go.  Because in our heads, letting go went against everything we learned. Pull the reins, say woe and the horse stops. Not let go of the only life line and she’ll stop on her own. However once we finally gave in and our arms were tired from pulling, we would drop the reins and just as our instructor said, she slowed down and stopped.

So often in our lives we try to hold onto things. We try to grip tighter on what we feel we might be loosing control of. Instead of giving away, we hold onto, fearing that if we were to truly let it go, we might not get it back.

This could be different in each of ours lives, to some it may be money, to others it may be there time, and to the rest it could be energy. The list could go on about what it could be that we are holding onto.

But we must let it go.

The world has ingrained in our minds, that we need to hold on and everything will work out. That the more we gather, the more we possess and the more focused we are on ourselves, the more life will go the way we want it.

However not everything we learned or have come to see as “truth” is actually the Truth.

For in the Bible, it was all about giving away and not holding onto things. For things are temporal, and He is eternal. It was in the act of giving selflessly that we actually received a greater abundance.

For just like the widow who asked Elisha for oil (2 Kings 4) He told her to pour it out and as she obeyed him, she received a greater measure.

It is the greatest act of giving, that we receive what we fear we will loose.

Even if we are tired, or run down, it is in the act of giving ourselves to the Lord to renew our strength. Not trying to do other things, or not do anything, to regain that strength but to turn to the Lord and ask what He desires us to do. For when we walk with Him, “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 

For when we hold onto the things we fear we may lose, just like me on the horse, I grew wearier and discouraged. Although I feared letting go, holding on wasn’t getting me anywhere better-but actually leaving me more stressed.

Although it goes against everything our culture and even selves have built into us about holding on-the best thing to do is to let go. For we not longer try in our own strength but trust in God. We no longer have to hold onto stress and anxiety but we can let it go and grab a hold of God and His Word.

For I know in my own life, it was in the moments when I was trying to hold on so tightly to my plans or my life, that things seemed to get more out of control. It was when I finally dropped it and accepted that His truths were far above anything I myself could attain and that He was right, that I was able to find rest for my soul, in Him and no longer worry in myself.  It takes time, it is a process of letting go, for our minds must be renewed; putting off our old self and putting on the new. It is a process, but it is worth it, for in doing so, you will find that life is out of our control and the more we try to put value and energy into the things we cannot control, the more we feel that we are losing. In Jesus there is only advancement, there is only gain. For in Him there is hope, there is joy and even through the hard times there is peace  ” For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts ” Isaiah 55:8-9

Be courageous and do not be discouraged at what seems impossible, for with God all things are possible. And it is in that process of letting go and no longer trying to remain in control, that God can move and do greater things.

Whatever you lay before Him, He will use for His greater purposes.

“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.”
Luke 17:33

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