“Cast all your anxiety on him.” 1 Peter 5:7
“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties” – C.S. Lewis
Most of the time, giving something up is the last thing we want to do. We were raised on the message of working hard until we achieve what we want, striving for the impossible, beating the odds. We were taught to learn and seek until we reach clarity. In our culture, giving something up signifies weakness.
I’ve come across quite a few friends lately who have lost the faith they had growing up. Many of them have run into questions they couldn’t find answers for. Others feel the fear of judgment from God. Plenty of them hold onto anger as they have been exposed to too much hate in the world God supposedly allows. They hear the negative voices of others or they see how God has been misrepresented in the world. And they just can’t let those battles go. They can’t stop seeking to know the full answer.
I’ve felt waves of this. It doesn’t feel good to put faith in something that isn’t tangible and that hasn’t been proven. It doesn’t feel good to let go of questions to which you desperately want the answer.
However, what I’ve concluded personally is that it feels worse to be held back from living your fullest life. When I’m concerned with all the facts and figures more so than I am with the bigger picture, I feel burdened. I am anxious. I am not my best self.
That’s what’s so good about a relationship with God. If we are going to face struggles and doubts, God isn’t asking us to run from them. He’s asking us to step up to the plate and battle them. But He’s also promising to come with. He’s asking us to lean into Him as we go through our battle. Even those times we’re battling our doubt and anger directed right at Him.
In doing so, we can navigate these stormy waters with confidence.
I came upon this poem recently. Poetry doesn’t usually resonate with me, but this one cut right to what I’m getting at.
Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of fear. She let go of judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go. She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go. No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore. – "She let go" by Rev. Safire Rose
God isn’t asking us to let go of everything. He’s asking us to cling to what matters. And when that which doesn’t matter gets in the way of what does, He offers to take those burdens away.
Whether it be your fear of the unknown, the anger that keeps you from peace, the judgments of others that hold you down—let it all go.