For many years the grip has been tight.
Reality of life held on to the assurance of knowing. There was always knowing to hope for the best and plan for the worst. All the hope and dreams were self-made inside the hopes and dreams of the worst never happening. Needing to release the what-ifs was demanded and embracing the blessed assurance of never really knowing the next thing has always been the thing that was stable.
Release. That’s the word. I have been trying to process through my life over the last couple of months and even more so the few weeks of my recent past. I’ve been begging the question: “Lord, what’s the next thing? Where do I place my next step? What should be my next thought?” And to make things more thought-provoking, “where are you sending me?”
I am beckoned with the word that I need to ponder on for a while: release.
Time to let go of all the questions, plans, and good wishes and let the Lord take care of my hopes and dreams. He will guide, nurture, and work it all out.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps
I hesitate in many things. Wondering if it’s the Lord, my bleeding heart or the enemy pulling me one way or nudging me another, I step lightly. I think I need to be like Ruth. She longed for home and she found it with an unlikely alliance, her mother-in-law. She committed herself to Naomi’s family and to their God.
Ruth found home with a mother to care for and eternity with Father God. After giving away her hopes and dreams with a man who was no longer with her, she could have just lived a quiet life back with her parents, but her commitment exceeded Naomi’s expectations. They filled their needs to each other and created a family bond that the Lord blessed.
But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1:16-17
Ruth trusted all would be taken care of. She released societal expectations and found blessing on the other side.
Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I know that I have been pondering through these things for a bit now, even putting pen to paper. Pouring out my thoughts helps me to process a bit, and I hope that it encourages others as well. Many of us are staring at the bottom of a mountain that we’re not even sure if we need to tackle its steep cliffs. The Lord gives us grand opportunities, even ones in small packages. A mountain may not even be on the radar.
Then what do we do next? Maybe we need to release our grip on expectations or old processes and let the Lord in. We just need to let God…We need to release our grip on expectations or old processes and let the Lord in. Click To Tweet
Let Him hold you and guide you. Give Him the reigns. Rely on His perfect will. Don’t plan for the worst while hoping for the best. Life doesn’t work that way. We can’t release if we don’t let Him establish our steps.