But Don't Let Go
Trust in the Lord with all your Heart
At the tail end of Summer ’95 our family attended a church retreat at the Arrowhead Springs Resort in California. My youngest daughter was seven then. And it was high time that she learned to swim. Together, we launched out into the pool at the deep end. She clutched me closely as she bobbed up and down with a pair of floaters fastened in each arm. In spite of being buoyant, she hung tightly around my neck. Her teeth chattered as her body shivered. I tried to calm her as best I could saying, “Do you trust me?” “Yes Daddy,” she replied, “but don’t let go!”
The year 2009 may be halfway over, but the turbulent woes it has brought in its wake continues to swell. The proverbial financial bubble has long burst and the tide has come in. Have we hit rock bottom yet? Economists and financial analysts alike indicate that the recession is receding. But there’s really no telling. It’s anybody’s guess. Chances are we may be looking at more of the same in the coming months.
We tread the deep waters of a global recession together. Our flotation devices, be it our stock investment, retirement fund, or the mattress money we saved for a rainy day, are slowly deflating as we bob up and down this choppy economy. Tragic tales of loss abounds. Fortunes flush down the drain! As we drift upon this Sea of Uncertainty, we find ourselves clinging to God with both arms. We can afford to do so because we’ve practically let go off the stuff that weighs us down. It’s a cold and frightening experience. You know that. Yet God reminds us, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Prov 3:5-6). God speaks these words of comfort asking us, “Do you trust me?” “Yes LORD,” we reply, “but don’t let go!”
The Roman Empire had a strangle hold upon the conquered people of earth. A new world order enforced change whether one liked it or not. And it looked as though these high and mighty tyrants who ruled the day were here to stay. Their pagan system dominated everything. Just when the world entered her darkest hour, there was a light that shined bright in Bethlehem. No bells or trumpets blared from the sleepy population. The silence was shattered by the sound of a multitude of angels praising God and the baby born in a manger. The peace this Prince brings on earth is not for everyone, but for those in whom God favors. Anyone who seeks the Son of God, as did the wise men, will find Him. The world was swamped with bad news, but God brings us good news from on high. When we are found “in Christ,” we find rest for our souls. No one can jump into the sea of humanity and hope to float. Our sin will cause us to sink. Change means casting off everything that you ever trusted in to keep you afloat. Only then can we cling to the cross of Christ—his shed blood for us is buoyant. It’s through a relationship with Jesus Christ that we can call God our Father in heaven and receive His favor on earth. And rest assured, God will never let us go!
Copyright 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.
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