Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Letting Go

This wasn't the post I was going to write today.

The post I had planned to write was complicated, confusing, needing to be unwound.  It was taking a lot out of me.  This post, by contrast, is simple, clear, direct.

It came to me after a friend said to me not more than thirty minutes ago: "Jenny, I think you need to let go...."  She followed it up with specific things I need to release - and I happen to agree with her - but the more salient point here is the overarching message of letting go.  As she spoke, it felt like a hard word - in that I would need to change in order to respond - but it also felt blissfully freeing.  I could literally feel a weight lifting off my shoulders as she spoke.  In its place came a mantle of peace, lightweight, comfortable, soothing.

You see, when I am afraid, I cling.  To whatever.  I obsess in order to find a way out of my fear.  I think that if I can only get to the answer, solve the problem, I won't have to be afraid any more and then I can let go.

As usual, I had it backwards.  The point is faith.  The point is not knowing.  The point is the letting go.

When I let go, that's when the fear left.  When I let go, that's when the peace came.

I'm no closer to an answer.  I'm no closer to a solution.  I'm not even closer to understanding.  But I am closer to faith.  I am closer to trust.  I am closer to Him.

For that, I am thankful.

Sitting on the new deck my husband built for me, enjoying the beautiful spring day, and linking up with Soli Deo Gloria.  This is a good day.


  1. It is a good day and I can feel your freedom all the way from here.

  2. I cling too. Especially out of fear and control. So glad you are experiencing some freedom today...now enjoy that beautiful day He has set before you!

  3. Simply stated and well said. Control vs faith, a constant battle. Thanks.

  4. Well said, and I so needed to hear this today!
    Thank you!

  5. Whoa...I SO get this...Why does it seem so fuzzy when we are clinging but so clear and simple when we let go. Fear is blinding. Faith is light!!

  6. Concise and incredibly true. Freedom comes when we open our hands and let go. This is just GREAT.