There is a story of a man who was hanging from a tree limb screaming for help, yelling that he couldn’t hang on any longer and that he was going to die. Then someone at the top told him to let go. His response was: “I can’t let go. I will fall to my death.” Then the man at the top told him that he was only three feet from the bottom. Apparently, the man who fell didn’t realize he had not fallen very far; he was stubborn and would not let go, even to the point of exhaustion.
Some people are like that with God. They think that they have to cling to their life as they know it because it is all they know. Is that you? Even though things aren’t going smoothly, you refuse to let go because change is scary.
Do you refuse to change your ways because you’ve “always done it that way?” Maybe you are a person who stays with tradition, or maybe there is a sense of comfort where you are. You think you won’t get hurt if you continue to cling to that branch.
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24
What if the solid, level ground is only three feet from where you hang and cling with such a tight grip? Are you afraid to look around to see where you actually are? It takes just two little words: Let go.
Letting go means you are letting God be God. He changes the paths of our lives sometimes so that we can use different spiritual gifts in our lives to bring Him glory. He wants us to depend on Him to lead us in the way He wants us to go, not necessarily in our “I’ve always done it that way” mentality.
But what if the way God is leading is a wonderful path? What if you let go, and the ground is sure and firm beneath you? What if you turn around once you land and see a beautiful path full of blessings?
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should do; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
God may let you fall and be there to catch you. He may not let you fall at all. The choice is usually up to you. God’s loving eye is on you. He will show you the way.
So let go. Jesus is there.
From Pam Rehbein, a longtime friend of AllWorship.