My friend, may I ask you a question? Letting go. The harder we hold on sometimes makes letting go even harder. So it is with things that we love and so dearly hang on to. Why is it that when it comes time to trust and letting go, we hesitate, even falter?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Letting go of things is one of the hardest things in this life to do. I recently had surgery that required most of an afternoon in the operating room. When we said “Good-bye” and I was wheeled into anesthesia, she looked at me with those big eyes and there was a glistening in them that belied her confidence. We held hands until the doors were about to swing closed and then I released her. There was something about that grip that was so hard to let go of it. On the one hand I had the greatest of confidence in the surgeons who were about to attend me. But I just didn’t want to let go.
Letting go. The harder we hold on sometimes makes letting go even harder. So it is with things that we love and so dearly hang on to. Why is it that when it comes time to trust and letting go, we hesitate, even falter.
Here’s a story: Every day a village beggar eked out another day by sitting by the road with his little cup, hoping to get enough money to buy the rice to live one more day. He had two cups; one for collecting money and one for his few grains of rice. One day the beggar heard a prince was coming and he mustered his most impassioned appeal – “Alms! Alms for the poor!” And the prince stopped. “Give me your cup of rice.” Was all the prince said. The beggar slumped down in disbelief. Here was the wealthiest man in the land, asking for his little cup of rice. The beggar was about to refuse, but instead he reached in and he put three grains of rice in the prince’s hand. The prince turned to his servant and said, “Bring me the bag of gold.” The beggar could hardly contain himself as he eagerly stretched out his cup. The prince reached into his bag and placed three grains of gold in the beggar’s cup. And then he disappeared, never to return but leaving the beggar to wonder for the rest of his life what would have happened if I had given him my whole cup of rice?
You and I never know when Jesus may be passing our way with so much to give. Perhaps He may come in the guise of a friend in need or a complete stranger down on his luck. Whatever the case, He wants to make us spiritually rich. He’s simply asking for our lives, our complete and total obedience and trust–every last grain of it. In return He offers spiritual wealth beyond all imagination. All we need do is to trust Him with everything we have. More than a fair exchange when you think about it?
We pray. Father God, In this moment, help us to let go of all thoughts and concerns. When we let go, we are able to receive. When our hands are formed into tight fists, we cannot open our hands to receive anything. When I hang onto tight control. When I close off my heart and my spirit, I cannot receive your blessings. Help us to let go when feeling overwhelmed, so that we may receive your peace. Help us not to struggle but to surrender our struggle to you. We gladly receive this gift of letting go and letting you lead us and guide us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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