The Spiritual Side of Let it Go
Maybe Elsa had a Point
Okay, so some of you might get upset that this title got that notorious "Let it Go" song stuck in your head. But as I was creating a bible study about Letting it Go, that's what came to my mind. Plus, I work with children so this is acceptable.
Anyway, recently God has been speaking to me a lot about letting it go. As in everything. Not only what I do but who I am. I've realized that I've gotten really caught up in what I do but I haven't been spending enough time meditating on who I am. I think God is more concerned with the ladder.
The Need for Control
Why is it so hard for me to let go when God asks me to? I have this incessant need to be in control. What's ironic about this pull to be in control is futile. At least it is when you go about it the way that most people do. We think that we are able to control our situations. We believe that if we just obsess over it a little bit more, that the situation we are wishing for would magically just produce itself. We think that by having a focus on all of our situations somehow gives us more security. But placing our focus on something that is so unstable really doesn't offer the peace we are striving to get. God did not command us to have control over our situations. However, He did command us to have control over thoughts and our actions (2 Cor. 10:15) (James 2:26). This should be empowering, not disheartening.
Focus on Him
I know I just claimed that God gave us the ability to make a difference in our lives, but He is ultimately the one who gave us this ability, and He is who we should put our focus on. The difference between trying to control our situations and controlling ourselves is that we get to allow God to invade our hearts in order to help us change. He has a promise for every one that we've made up ourselves. For example, you may be dependent on getting a specific job. God very well may want you to have that job but He wants you to trust in Him as your provider (Phil. 4:19). Likewise, you may want to get out from being under depression and so you try your best to think positive thoughts. God wants you to go deeper and rely on His joy as being your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). For every doubt, every question, every fear that you have, God has a promise in His word that can calm you with His peace.
Even when we focus on what we need to change, it is still a form of behavior modification. This results in change that may last for a while but can eventually fade. God is concerned with molding your heart so that it is sensitive to Him and what He is speaking to you.
Letting go is an Action
I know that "letting it go" sounds like a care-free action. It appears as though it is easy to just let something go and change your focus in an instant. Most process aren't like that. They take time and a relationship with God in order to have a lasting result. Also, it is a conscious decision to give something over to God and leave it in His hands, all the while standing on His promises that offer freedom. What is easy for someone else to let go of might not be easy for you to let go of. So it's best to not compare yourself to others and to just stick with what God is speaking to you about (2 Cor. 10:12). The change may seem difficult in the beginning, but persevere and the results will be greater than what you even imagined they would be.