"What does it truly mean to “let go and let God”? I ask myself daily. I’ve heard so many people use this phrase as a means of getting by. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? However, it can be one of the hardest things to do—at least in my experience. I mean to really let go and accept what is happening in my life has been quite the challenge for me. At this point, it feels like I’m on an emotional roller coaster ride, that doesn’t want to end.— I guess that’s where the frustration lies.
The other day as I was trying to silence the noise in my life and sit still to work through my thoughts, I found myself pondering on this phrase “let go and let God”. You see, I have been feeling a bit confused lately: I’m not sure on what I’m supposed to let go off, and when does the God part come into play? Talk about serious self-doubt! During this moment of solitude, one thing that stuck out to me was my constant struggle in battling with what "I would like to give up" and “what I need to relinquish into God’s hands.
It’s so easy to think that when we “Let God” then He will immediately become a magician who makes all our woes disappear or a genie whose primary responsibility is to grant us our wishes--by alleviating our struggles, pain, hurt or frustrations - it’s easy to assume this. We often times want God to work on our schedule. We want Him to grant us our preconceived notion of what we deserve in our lives. And we continue to resist what He has in store for us because we can’t seem to let go of “what we think we want”.
Although I find myself struggling at times to completely “let go and let God”,I have indeed learnt a few pivotal things about this phrase thus far. I have come to the conclusion that when we truly allow ourselves to “let go and let God”: 1) we emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, 2) we recognize that sometimes things have to happen the way they do to help us rely on the strength of the Lord rather than on our own, 3) we go through the fire but it builds us up, and gives us the courage to grow through what we are going through, 4)we begin to realize that sometimes things go all the way to the left so that we may one day be a blessing to the right person and others, lastly, 5) we are propelled into our destiny through these experiences.
To our readers who may be struggling with “letting go and letting God” I would like to end this post by leaving you with some words of solace. Remember this, just as Jesus said in his powerful prayer in Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done” -- be strong in knowing that there is a higher power who is working on your behalf, he knows all and sees all. Do not lean upon your own understanding but trust in his will and be steadfast in prayer, keeping in mind that, God wouldn't allow you to go through all of this without a reason or purpose. Christ also states in Luke 23:46, “Father, I place my life in you”- remember, submission is key in this phase of our lives. When we fully submit ourselves to God’s plan and relinquish control, we will find out that there’s greater and better that awaits us and that this too shall pass.
After all you need a little rain in order to grow, so embrace your storm. You will valiantly conquer this!
Three women going through life.