Let it Go!

Anyone younger than 10 years old likely would see the title of my post, and think of the movie Frozen.  Hah!  As a side, I actually really like that movie!  I just think it is a cute kid movie!  This movie came out 7 years ago.  At that time I was a nanny for my niece.  I remember playing with her, and she would have me go into her room and close the door.  She’d then lay down outside the door and put her face to the floor to peek under the door.  “Elsa, Elsa,” she would say.  This was copying a scene in the movie.  And so many little girls love the song Let It Go. In fact my niece and I (when I was her nanny) were inside the store Kidstuff.  This toy and education store is full of fun for children, and many of their items are able to be tried out by the children in the store.  This day we were in this store, and another little girl was belting out Let It Go into a microphone.  Both my niece and I watched her.  I later asked my niece if she’d like to try the microphone out.  She shyly nodded.  She was only willing to whisper the song into the microphone, but it was still cute!  Another day I was walking into the grocery store.  A father was pushing his cart out to the parking lot, and in the front of the cart was his little daughter, probably three or four years old.  She and he were singing Let It Go.  I smiled at the dad as I passed them, as he looked slightly embarrassed to be overheard singing  Let It Go.  I just thought it was cute that he was singing (and connecting) with his daughter!

Letting go — oh wouldn’t it be so nice if we as adult women could let it go as easily as a toddler singing a fun song?  Yet, if you are like me, we don’t tend to let things go easily.  We worry.  We try to fix things.  We try to take control.

I’ve been listening to this podcast on anxiety — if worry is something that you struggle with (which I think most women struggle with this to some level), I highly recommend taking an hour to listen to this:  Strategies for Fighting Anxiety Part 1   and Strategies for Fighting Anxiety Part 2

Just this morning as my husband and I were talking about some things in our lives, I stated, “I don’t know what to do.”  Later in the day, I was alone and thinking about the same things.  I said to God, “I have to give it to You.  I don’t know what else to do.”  And later still, I was getting ready for bed and into my mind came “My Child, What could I do?  You never did let go.”

Those words are part of a poem that I had read and reread years ago.  I’ve since lost the card that had this poem on it, but I used to carry it in my purse way back in high school!  I mulled over this, and my earlier thoughts of giving my situation to God.  Let it go.  Let it go.  Let it go.  My mind mused.  I argued back, “But what if…”

What if?  My mom once asked me in my lonely single years, “What if God never brings you a spouse?”  What if He doesn’t, I had to ask myself.  I had to ask myself that more than once.  Because the easy thing to say is: of course His will is best.  But do I really believe this? In the midst of emotions?  In the midst of wedding announcement number 25 (seriously, my senior year of college I think there were almost 25 engagements at my small Christian college!), in the midst of longings still unmet?

So tonight I looked up this poem (ahh, the benefit of an online database at my fingertips!)

 

Broken Dreams

As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.

But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How could you be so slow!”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do?
You never did let go.”            

(Lauretta P. Burns)

 

And, because God loves me and knows I need help hearing Him, as I was typing this post I turned on the radio and “God is in Control” by Twila Paris was just beginning to play.  I haven’t heard that song in ages.  The very next song was “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”  Is God speaking?  You bet!  Am I listening and trusting? That is the better question!

Precious ladies — what do you need to give to God? What is it that makes you say I don’t know what to do?  God is Faithful.  He is Healer. He is Defender. He is Able.  He is the God who Sees. He is Sovereign.  He is Trustworthy.  He can fix anything broken — He can raise the dead, how much more “broken” can something get?  Press on to trust Him! Ask Him what to do.  Give it to Him over and over and over if you need to.  But, precious lady — join me in learning to let it go!

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