(God) will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength.
~ Isaiah 26:3-4
I have a picture of my youngest grandson floating on his back in the swimming pool. His eyes are closed and his mouth is opened. He is totally relaxed in the water, trusting his life preserver to hold him afloat. He is not afraid that the water is deeper than he is tall. He is not afraid of his inability to swim. He just trusts.
This is a great illustration of how we should trust the Lord on a daily basis. We need to simply lay back in His loving arms and trust that He will lift us up from the mire of life. Even when our problems seem deeper than we can manage, God is higher and greater than anything life can throw at us. God is good and we can rely on Him to bring us safely to the other side of our distressful situation.
Jesus said in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus wants us to give Him our burdens but so often we hold on to them. Sometimes it’s our pride that keeps us from seeking help. We feel we can handle things ourselves. We may even pray about our problems but we hold on, refusing to relinquish it totally to Him. Sometimes, we are afraid of how God will handle the problem. His answers may be different than what we envision. We want things to happen, “our way!”
When we hold on and refuse to let go, our stubbornness keeps us in a miserable state. When we finally do give the situation over to God there is a wonderful sweet release. The circumstances may not change, but we do. We are no longer in turmoil. We wonder then, why we waited so long. He loves us so much and He wants to bear our burdens.
The key to this dilemma of really letting go is simple, just ask Him. We must be honest and admit our fears and lack of faith. He already knows. He just wants willing hearts. When we release our tight grip and loosen up our fisted hands and hearts, God’s grace will help us to trust Him more.
Dear Lord, Thank you for loving us even when we lack faith. Help us to trust you fully. Amen
~ Jenny Calvert