It’s hard to let go. But by releasing control, you always end giving it back to God, who it always belonged to begin with. He is the Surpeme Creator. He knows what’s best. There are many situations where I tried to control the outcome but honestly, learning to trust Him has been the hardest but most rewarding challenge in my life.
I grew up Trusting God. But if I were to be completely honest, the more pain and confusion I witness in this world the more I had to “dig my heels in” to trust at a deeper level. I have seen some ugly things in my life. Broken relationships. Teachers who verbally abused me. Others suffer through health crisises. I love this line in the Moby song, “Extreme Ways.”
“Extreme places I had gone
But never seen any light
Dirty basements, dirty noise
Dirty places coming through
Extreme worlds alone
Did you ever like it then…Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell”
I can come to believe many others have suffered to a high degree as well. The suffering, on the other hand, is different person to person. But the Bible says we will suffer but to take delight in it. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (NLT).
So stay strong, my friend. By letting go we really come alive. Tim Keller, who wrote, “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering” once said, “While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.” (Page 31). He also said, “Suffering is actually at the heart of the Christian story.” (Page 77).
Do you need prayer for anything? Feel free to leave your requests in the comments below. I will gladly pray for you.