An unforeseen blessing of blogging was the exposure to a variety of people with their own call bring glory to God. One of those such bloggers writes from Inking the Heart:
Sometimes there are seasons of letting go and sometimes we have to let go of seasons. I think I just survived both. I said goodbye to my 30’s on August 20. That was a decade that began with the birth of my daughter and ended with growth and a newness in Christ, and the fullness of family and friends and the counting of 3000 plus blessings of thanksgiving. It was easy to say goodbye to a number with the remembrance of all that Christ has done and the hope of all that He will do in my 40’s. Summer, too, has come to an end. And in that summer there was a lot of letting go.
There was a letting go of what I thought was the ideal career path. In crept disappointment, feelings of not being good enough, doubts, and insecurity. I could let go of the job, but it was hard work letting go of the feelings that followed.
There was a letting go of wages lost because I chose to spend a few days with my daughter. Little did I know that in taking 3 days off instead of 2 my pay would be docked for the remainder of the school year. And the anger set in…
but so did that still small voice….and He said, “Let it go.”
It was a warning to not be consumed with my own feelings, but it was also prophetic because within an hour I had to let go of something else.
The gift my husband gave me on our anniversary was stolen. I had no choice; I had to LET IT GO.
According to Dr. John Townsend in his book Loving People: How to Love & Be Loved, “Letting go is the ability to surrender and to allow what is real to exist.” Letting go is accepting reality.
The reality that we can’t control people’s decisions.
The reality that life is not fair and we don’t always reap what we sow.
The reality that broken people do broken things and we will get hurt.
When you don’t face the truth of reality you are holding on to fear and control. But fear and control really have a hold on you. You are the prisoner and there is an enemy that wants to hold you captive by fear so that you can be controlled by it. And it is time to LET IT GO.
Let go of the fear that if you let go of someone or something, he or it will never change.
Let go of the control to live a life demanding perfect fairness. If you don’t, instead, you will live a life controlled by dissatisfaction.
God is in the business of letting go and it would benefit us to follow in His footsteps. He lets go by giving us free will. Maybe we need to do the same for our spouse or an adult child or maybe even loosen the reign on your adolescent.
God lets go of His right to punish us by forgiving our sins. Instead He offers grace and invites us to live in that.
God grieves when His sheep turn away. If you have loss, grief is good. For in grief you are feeling what it feels like to accept reality. Grief is temporary so embrace it for the season and let the tears flow. Letting go hurts, but pain is not permanent.
There is the cliché “Let go and Let God”. It is a call to put your faith in God to provide and take care of matters for you. 1 Peter 5:8 says you are to humble yourself before the Lord “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
“To everything there is a season” and most seasons require some sort of letting go. That letting go is often what opens your hands wide for the Lord’s hands to grab hold and lead you toward His perfect will and provision for you.