Recently I found myself tidying the dreaded accessories drawer. It took me an hour just to untangle one knot from a necklace that I hadn’t put away properly. Whilst I was doing this impatiently, my daughter said,
“Don’t worry mum, let me help you!”
As a parent of a toddler, you often find yourself watching kids movies and Finding Nemo is a must! One scene that stands out for me is where Marlin and Dory are stuck inside a large whale. Marlin is clinging to the tonsils, terrified to let go. He imagines this may be the end of his hunt to find his son Nemo and while Marlin is in panic mode trying to find a way out, we hear Dory yell“Its time to let go!” And when Marlin responds with how do you know nothing bad is going to happen? Dory honestly tells him she doesn’t know!
Currently we’re responding to a pandemic and the ever changing guidelines of how we do our normal lives.
When can we gather together again?
What is going to happen to my job?
When I am going to be healed?
Can we travel to see family again soon?
The truth is we don’t know.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all live like Dory, so ‘in the moment’ and trust God that we don’t need to worry, remain hopeful and trust we will be guided where needed.
Of course, the way we do that is through faith – we are saved by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
C.S. Lewis said this:
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
Like Dory, we must let go ALL THE TIME, as if we had no memory!
Untangling the knot in my necklace, led to frustrations and unease over something that I don’t even wear anymore – to the point a toddler had to tell me not to worry!
How many ‘knots’ in my life do I stubbornly hold on to?
I’m learning that I have to give it back to God and rely on his him to help me let go!
But letting go isn’t the same as giving up,
“Giving up means selling yourself short, which allows fear and struggle to limit your opportunities keeping you trapped. Letting go means freeing yourself from something that is no longer serving you.”
God wants us to be wise and consider the costs in all things and trust that he will give us enough for today, and for the next day, and the next day. We need to FULLY rely on him
Jesus said “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
Only God can bring peace to your past, purpose to your present and hope to the future.
It’s time to let go and let God!
Written by Cynthia Smith (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series