Let Go Let God
The phrase let Go-let God is simple and not-so-simple at the same time. I am positive many of you just agreed with me wholeheartedly. From God’s standpoint, it is simple. All we have to do is let go and let Him do things only He can. We are the ones that complicate by not letting go. A bit stubborn? Slightly control(ish)? Recurring fear? Untrusting? Yep…ME TOO!
My family did not go to church while I was growing up. In fact, rarely was God or anything religious talked about. My dad battled alcoholism and went through treatment a few different times. Only after those visits would we hear phrases like let Go-let God, One Day at a Time, and the Serenity Prayer. Immediately when I hear or read the phrase let Go-let God I remember my dad and his rocky journey to freedom.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
The above is the part that I knew well. In fact, I didn’t even realize there was more to it until I was much older.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Each morning this year I am reading the devotional book Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff. On day 104 he talks about waving palm branches, palms up, on Palm Sunday. He then asks what would it look like to live palms up all year?
“Did you know it’s almost impossible to be defensive when we sit with our palms facing upward?” Bob Goff
To be less defensive and argumentative–more easy-going. (revisit the above Serenity Prayer as needed) Wow, seems pretty perfect especially in our current circumstances. Opinions are flying all over…if you look for them that is. I imagine palms up looking like let Go-let God.
Where do you need to live ‘Palms up’?
Where do you need to let Go-let God?
I can’t reflect on let Go-let God without Psalm 46:10 coming to the forefront of my mind. I’ve learned to look at a verse in different versions. For me, this practice is giving more depth and understanding of what I am reading. Surrender your anxiety seems to fit with all the unknowns in our world today. Be silent…shut off the news and social media. You will see–God will work all things together for good!
Be still, and know that I am God (ESV)
Let it be, be still and know (recognize and understand) that I am God! (AMPC)
Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. (TPT)
This week’s research included reaching out to some friends and asked them what let Go-let God means to them. I am beyond blessed by all the responses I received. “Be still-pause from everything going on and ponder God. And know that I am God–and in that pondering know that God, creator of all is capable to meet all your needs. Allow Him in His infinite wisdom to do so,” is just the beginning of the amazing perspectives I received. For me, a Holy Pause is necessary to let Go. Then to allow Him…to get out of the way and let God!
One other friend replied with “It’s not just that easy. It requires trust, obedience, and faith. Trust that His ways and timing are best. When it’s not going your way remember it is going His way. It gives comfort, peace, and perspective change. Obedience…the willingness to go where He asks. Might not understand it but know He does makes it easier. Seeking His will and calling on your life helps. Faith is not understanding but believing…anyway!” I love the reminder that when I am facing a disappointment, an obstacle, upset, scared, worried or that things just aren’t going my way that they are actually going God’s way - which is best anyway!
Some of my other replies of what let Go-let God means:
- Listening to nudges
- Ok, God, I’m done…take the wheel.
- Releasing control or grip.
- Trusting with the things out of our control. (ex. children, spouse, finances)
- Pray…do things even when they don’t make sense…knowing that God is working in the unseen.
“Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything” -author unknown
A couple of friends shared perspectives that I can really relate to. The first one is the let Go-let God but go back and grab it again syndrome. Anyone else find themselves in that cycle? You go to the altar and pray, you surrender it (let go), and you leave it (let God)…but then you go and take it back. Guilty here. I have to remember that it’s a choice to grab it back. Boils down to releasing control and getting out of God’s way. Then the second perspective that I can relate to and probably my main obstacle to having let Go-let God success is keeping God in a box–limiting God! (stay tuned for a whole post on this piece) My friend continues to say that she also tries to give God advice on what needs to be done or changed. Yep, been there done that! But she concludes by admitting that when she lets go of control and lets God be God then she can just enjoy what blessings He sends her way. I can testify to that as well.
A while back I read Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book It’s All Under Control. I highly recommend it if you have areas in your life that you are control(ish). I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that I am not the only one. There is a simple but very profound quote from Jennifer’s book that I have printed and hanging on my bulletin board to reference often: “I Am Not The Christ”! I love this reminder to not try to do God’s job. I am not the Christ…in fact, I am not even on his board of directors. What I can do is to be willing and available to be used by Him. With Him, I can do more than I could ever imagine…and so can you when you let Go-let God!
The song I found to accompany this post is perfect. I had never heard it before: Let Go Let God by Elaina Smith
Don’t forget who holds tomorrow
He’s gonna take away all your pain and sorrow
Let Go Let God do what only he can
Trust in Him to pull me through
Be Still and Know
You’ll be amazed at how Your faith is gonna grow
Oh the peace you’ll have if only you’d
Let Go and Let God
Heavenly Father, thank you for your unending patience with me as I lay things down and pick them back up again as I try to hang onto false control. Thank you that you are right there waiting for me to release my life, my cares, my worries, my stresses to you and your capable hands. You take it all off my shoulders completely. All I need to do is surrender to you and trust that you are working it all out for good. You are bigger than any attack from the enemy. You are more powerful than any pandemic or virus. Your ways are best! I am letting go and letting you have your way and will in my life. In Jesus’ name…AMEN!