I heard a wonderful story on Sunday and I wanted to share it with you.
There was once a man walking along a difficult path. The path progressed along a dangerous cliff edge. The wind came up and blew the man right of the edge and over the side of the cliff. The man managed to grab hold of the ledge with one hand and was clinging to the side of the cliff unable to help himself.
A voice came to him and said: "Do you believe in God?"
The man replied, "Yes, I do."
The voice came again, "Do you believe that He made the wind?"
The man instantly replied, "Yes, I do."
The voice replied, "Do you believe that the Lord can use the wind to blow you back onto the cliff?"
The man said, "Yes, I do."
Then the voice came again and said simply, "Then let go."
I have come to discover that often, the hardest thing I ever do is to let go. To believe with my whole heart that God can and will handle it for me. To believe that He will help me and guide me. To believe that He does know who I am, where I stand, and exactly what I need.
If you look to the right of this article on my blog, you will see that my word for 2011 is "Release". I read a blog before the first of the year that talked about the problem with New Years resolutions. As someone who has always tried to make them (and failed miserably at keeping them), I was very interested in finding something that would work for me.
The premise is that you simply pick a word that means something to you. And then you try to incorporate that one word into the different aspects of your life. The word I chose was release. It is to help me remember to let things go. That I don't need to worry or fret over everything. That I just need to breathe and release it.
So far, it is working for me. This story reminded me of my word for this year and how important it is for us to "Let go and let God". I have learned that the times I struggle the most are the times when I want to have total control. Those are the times when my hand is grasped onto the ledge and I really need to let go.
"Some people think that it is holding on that makes us strong - sometimes it is the letting go".
and remind yourself
that this very moment
is the only one you know you have for sure."
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
-- Lao Tzu