Just let go! Easier said than done, right?
I’ve been a pediatric RN for about 10 years now. Most of my experience was spent caring for medically fragile children, several who were near drowning kiddos. This being said, I am very careful and watchful of my kids in and around water. Over the weekend, we celebrated some birthdays at a water park. We were spending some time in the wave pool, my 4 year old son was loving it. The waves came on and they were pretty strong, he was outside of an inner tube holding on to the plastic handle. Mind you, he could stand up in the water without his head going under. He was holding on to the handle and I had a death grip on him. Frankly, I was ruining all of his fun. I was afraid he would go under if I let him go, he is not yet a swimmer. Finally, he looked up at me and said “Just let go!’ Very reluctantly, I did. He had so much fun.
Letting go is hard! Whether you’re trying to let go of bad habits, a bad boyfriend, your fears, your failures, your insecurities, what you think your future should look like, or even the plans you have for yourself. We feel the need to be in control at all times. That often ends up stressing us out even more because things generally mess up. But friends, we have to let go! If we don’t, we hold ourselves back. More importantly, we hold God back from doing big things in our lives. One of my favorite sayings is “let go and let God.” Pray about it, give it to God, and let it go. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (CSB) says ” For I know the plans I have for you, plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” Are you searching with your whole heart? Are you trusting Him enough to let go of everything you’re trying to control? I know it’s not easy, but try it. Surrender my friend, whatever it is. A diagnosis, a job situation, difficult family members, just let it go. Give it to Him. He’s waiting for you.