Saturday, June 1, 2013

Too easy, or too hard?...

Sometimes when I 'let go' of things that are weighing my mind and heart down, and give them to God, it seems like I'm not doing enough... that it's a cop out, that I should be trying harder to FIX it! It seems almost too easy to just ... let it go.

Other times, that 'letting it go' is the hardest thing that I do.

It almost seems like a paradox.

Definition of paradox online... "An argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense."

That's it, that's the problem, every time! When my human logic kicks in on a problem, but my heart and faith say 'no... Trust God, let Him have this'... it becomes a paradox.

It was never meant to be a paradox. His word is clear. "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not to your own understanding". 

My logical common sense desire to fix a problem often IS the problem!

It's me that up-ends God's apple cart, trying to get to the solution... my way.

Sometimes the letting go is harder for me than the holding on...

Why is that?

It's because it's me... learning that it's really Him.

It's because 'His ways are not my ways'. It's because He is God and He said so! The rules that work for my life and yours say that we are to 'let go' and trust Him with all of it. He made the rules and He knows that they work, He also made us, and understands that we need Him. We are so limited in our abilities and our vision, but God isn't. 

Creator and created...


Vee said...

Now this is something to ponder...ohhhh, not really for if I even ponder too long I'm not letting go. Can't help but think of all the messes we are in, even today, because someone tried to scramble past God for the solution.

Farm Girl said...

So very true and so hard to do.
I always need to be reminded of that fact. Have a lovely day and I hope your day is wonderful.

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

Thanks for this encouragement :)

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What a lovely, lovely post and what truth! I suffer from the same issue and know that His ways and are plans are always so much better than mine. Looks like I'd learn and lay it down. Sweet blessings!

Debbie Petras said...

Oh Sonja, I struggle with many of the same issues as you. No wonder we are sisters!! One of the things that I struggle with is 'what am I doing wrong?'. I pray and ask the Lord to show me and that He just may need to put it right in my face since I can be a bit thick headed.

I am trying to ask Jesus to take the wheel like the Carrie Underwood song. He knows best and I'm determined to follow His Word.

Debbie said...

I am trying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These stubborn hands just won't come off...and then I look at what is on paper and I grip again...I must obey.

I went to First Monday yesterday by myself and just walked has changed so much since I was a little girl...enjoyed my time though.

Sharon said...


I have often looked at the things that I hold on to - and why it's so hard to let go. Like you said, it's mostly me operating under the misconception that I am in control, and therefore capable of *fixing* things. Goodness, when I think about it, I couldn't even fix my sin!

So, this letting go is a process for me. Taking things to the foot of the cross is the first step. Placing them at the foot of the cross is the next step. But, then, that last step is arguably the most difficult. Walking away.

It is in the walking away that I truly show that I trust God...completely.


Marsha Young said...

So true that His ways are not my ways, and visa versa. If only I could always remember that BEFORE I start meddling. :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is the BEST post!!! This is it! My dad said over and over again, "without Him, we can do nothing." He also stressed to us, that we are only vessels, only the pottery, in which the Holy Spirit moves in, uses, and works through. That is why trusting in Him, relying on Him, believing on Him, is our only true peace. What comfort, peace, assurance, and joy that brings to me. The older I get, the more I see how urgent it is that I get out of the way, and Proverbs 3:5&6 is what I live by. Oh the things that would save me from in the daily living of my life.
Loved this post and the heartfelt way you shared it. Thank you!

David C Brown said...

"Roll thy way upon Jehovah, and rely upon him", Psalm 37: 5, (according to a footnote that I like).

Debbie said...

I don't know if you'll see this, but I relate to this so well. My Sunday school lesson meandered back to that familiar scripture yesterday, in fact.

Interestingly, our lesson focus wasn't on something "inactive" but proactive. It was about seeking God's wisdom through His Word. I think that sometimes, we thinking that letting go means lifting our hands and doing nothing all the time. Sometimes, IMO, it means letting go of our wisdom and actions and leaning on His wisdom and letting Him act instead. That probably doesn't make as much sense I want it to.

But anyway, I relate so much to what you're saying.

Patrinas Pencil said...

thanks, Sonja...this is timely. I just commented on a post at Kathleen's. I'm in a paradox for sure. please pray for me that I hear God's voice whether to stay or go in my current position.

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