Letting go?

December 6, 2019

     

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we rely solely on the Word of the only One who is truly sighted--God Himself, will His Word give us the direction we need to make it down the slippery slopes of life even if we have to blindly negotiate them?

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Try this little exercise on for a real change in your life. Take six index cards and write these letters on them: “L” “E” “T” “G” “O” “D”. Then line them up in that order and put them somewhere in your home or your workplace where you can see them every day. “Let God!” What a great way to start every day of your life; reminded that God is able and willing to take on any challenge in your life, any seeming, insurmountable task or any impossibility that has you baffled. Do this for two to three weeks. At the end of that time, reexamine yourself and ask yourself this question: “Are you doing what the cards suggest you do?” I’ll venture a guess that most of us would say “No!” It’s so hard to let go of our own ways, isn’t it? It always seems that by our own devices, plans and schemes, we are able to overcome adversity in our lives. Just simply letting God do it, seems too simplistic, doesn’t it? 

 

Here’s a Story: A television program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, impossible as that sounds. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, “Left!” and “Right!” As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe. (Robert W. Sutton.) 

 

What a vivid picture of the Christian life! In this world, we are in reality blind about what course to take. We must rely solely on the Word of the only One who is truly sighted--God Himself. His Word gives us the direction we need to make it down the slippery slopes of life. But, as we said, that is hard to do when all our lives we’ve trusted in our own devices. And, what about those cards? Is it any help just putting those six index cards up as a reminder that we are blind to get- ting where we want to go? Perhaps. But the trick is not in the six cards but rather in five. Try removing the last one, the “D”. Now, what have you got? Like those blind skiers the trick to trusting is in the letting go. Really trusting in God begins with our surrender to His perfect will--it’s in the “letting go”. 

 

We pray. Dear God, life is full of downslopes that hold many perils, even for the most devote Christians. We stand on top looking down at what might happen to us and we are often filled with fear and doubt. Can we truly make it? Will the journey be painful, fraught with worry, care even physical harm? We gulp, close our eyes and wonder if we should turn around and not take the risk? We praise you O God that this is when You come close to us, touch us with You Spirit, and gently guide us through the perils of life, real or imagined, to where You purposed us to be in the first place despite our inabilities and handicaps. Forgive us when we doubt You and build us up with Your Spirit, giving us the confidence to reach out and call for You whenever the slippery slopes of life present their challenges. In Jesus Name! 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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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