Let Go or be Dragged

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“Let go and let God.”

But don’t let go of God.

I have let go of some very destructive things in my life such as toxic people, addictions, worship of money and status and, especially, that I’m in control. The “I’m in control” has hurt me more times than I can count and dragged me away from my Father! There is very, very, very little I can control. This is a hard lesson and a huge relief!

When I am feeling anxious, troubled, exhausted and fearful, there’s something I’m trying to control and it may not be my job. It may be God’s. Time to reframe my thoughts and trust him.

The blizzard that ripped through my area shook me. Fear consumed me. The power was out. The house was cold. My mind imagined so many horrible things as the wind howled. Fear dragged me around like a limp rag doll so I succumbed to my addiction—dragged away. “He will keep you in perfect peace…”  “God sent us an advocate” were in my mind and heart but…

Tremendous sadness consumed me. I failed again. Dragged away. I came back.  “All things work to good to those who love him…”  Yes, even my failure. Yours too.

Musings

Until Jesus comes back, the Prince of this World will torment us, especially the lovers of God. We don’t want to be dragged under or away, so we let go and let God be God in trust. It isn’t easy. We have many times in our lifetimes where this lesson is front and center. Is it because God cares more about our character than we do?

Prayer

Dear Father,

Your son was not dragged away but chose a filthy, rugged and humiliating cross for our sakes. It was a dark, despairing, frightening and lonely time. Three days later, there was great joy! Help us to remember this when struggling with life’s problems and temptations. Help us to not be dragged away from you.

Amen

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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