Sunday, June 3, 2012

Letting Go

Letting Go

Do you remember learning how to float on your back? I do. I had to learn to relax and let the water hold me. It didn’t work if I clung to the edge of the pool or the instructor's arm. I needed to let go, to relax and trust. I knew the teacher wouldn’t let me drown, but still I stiffened in fear.

The more I learn about God, the more I’m seeing that letting go is all He asks me to do. In other words, I am NOT to do anything but to give in . . . to come . . . to rest . . . to trust . . . to yield . . . to submit . . . to believe . . . to offer myself . . . to let go.

"Come unto me, 
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28, KJV)

He knew that I was His from the beginning of time, and He drew me to Himself. I only needed to trust in His salvation. Every lesson that He teaches me in my Christian life is along this same theme. I have needed to give Him every part of my life. I have needed to give Him power over my words, my actions, my thoughts.

All I have is what He has given me: my home, my family, my possessions, my talents. The hardest lesson for me to learn, so far, is letting go of my children. They were a gift, only for a few years, to nurture and teach and love; but they were really God’s. It is time to give them back, time to let them go.  They belong to Him, and He is teaching them the lessons that He taught me. They have to learn to float, too. 

I have to trust God for the future. I don’t know where my path will take me in this next chapter of my life. I need to yield my thoughts, my words, and even my writing over to Him, to use them as He chooses. I have to trust Him to send my words to those who need them most.

So as I am still learning to swim in my life, I can’t worry. I can’t stiffen myself in fear.  I need to trust. In fact, at times I can almost hear Him say, “Trust Me, I’m right here. I've got you.” 

"They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee;
for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee."
(Psalm 9:10, KJV) 

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  1. Good reminder.
    Thanks, Vonnie!


  2. Years ago - lots of them now - I walked the hospital room after each of my sons were born and dedicated them in my heart. Bittersweet, but I think it helped raise them knowing they weren't mine alone.

  3. What a fabulous reminder of that need to REALLY trust Him. Thanks, Vonnie!

  4. Beautiful, Vonnie! (or I could leave the comma out!;-)

  5. Thanks! I needed to hear that today...

  6. Vonnie, you need to reread what you wrote. You're starting to stiffen up in fear again. All will be well. Relax. God is in control. Not you! Breathe in... Breathe out... Ahhhh... Love you! <3

  7. You're right, Laury. I need to trust God, because He's taking care of everything. Why is this such a hard lesson to learn?



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