I’m not sure if any of you are like me, but it was extremely hard for me to let go and to truly give all of this to God. I knew. I saw how He could do amazing things, but it was still so difficult to truly give it all to Him…I mean all 100% to Him. I still wanted to hold onto some of it.
It’s kind of like saying… “God, I know you have this. But, just in case You need me, I’ll keep a little of it. I’m sure I can help You somehow. Let me keep this part.”
Think about it. Would you really ever say that to God? “Don’t worry, God, I got this!”
But, in our brokenness, in our hurt, in our pain, we think we need to hold on. And, that is precisely when and where we need to let go.
I heard a song that truly brings all of this full circle. And now, when I am having a rough day letting go, I sing it to myself. Or, if I’m in the car by myself, I turn it up and sing it out loud! The song is by Casting Crowns, on the Come to the Well album, titled “Already There” Here are most of the lyrics:
From where I’m standing, Lord, it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going, and where you’re leading me.
I wish I knew how, all my fears and all my questions are going to play out
In a world I can’t control
When I’m lost in the mystery; To You my future is a memory
‘Cause You’re already there; You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life; Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there; You’re already there
From where You’re standing, Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined, When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece, of Your picture-perfect plan
One day I’ll stand before You; And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view and see how all the pieces fit
After reading (or listening to or singing) that, how can I hold onto any of it? This is His plan. One day, I will stand before Him and look back on all the places He put me to make me the person He needed.
Think about this. When people say that “God has a plan” I think we believe that God has a plan for “those people” but not for me. He doesn’t have a plan for me.
Genesis and the Story of Joseph:
I can only imagine what Joseph was thinking when he was imprisoned because Potiphar’s wife lied about their interaction. He went from having everything to seemingly having nothing. Down in that prison, did Joseph still believe that his siblings would one day be bowing down to him? I’m not sure. But, God knew exactly where Joseph needed to be. God didn’t leave him; He was with him the entire time. He was setting up the plan to put Joseph where he needed to be.
And, God’s picture-perfect plan came true! Maybe not the way you and I would have planned it, maybe not in our time or according to our wishes. Because it’s not our plan, it’s God’s plan.