Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Letting Go and Letting God

Mindy here. Life is always changing. Or, in the words of Garth Brooks, life is like a river, ever changing as it goes. I've seen plenty of changes in my life. Enough that I've learned to adjust and go with the flow.

Mostly.

Now I'm able to sit back and watch as my children go through those inevitable transition phases in their lives. Yesterday, our oldest son got his driver's license. He doesn't seem to think it's that big of a deal, but we're glad he'll now be able to do his own getting around as opposed to relying on us.

The biggest change I'm watching is our youngest daughter. She graduated college this past May and is now officially a first grade teacher. Over the course of this summer, I watched as she diligently applied for job after job, then she'd stress when she didn't hear from any of them. Now that she has one, she's stressing over getting her classroom ready and being the best teacher she possibly can. Sometimes I just want to shake her and say, "Where is your faith?"

Our little princess has a very good relationship with the Lord. However, that doesn't seem to stop her from freaking out when things don't go the way they're supposed to. Letting go and letting God does not come naturally for her.

Do you ever have that problem?

If I were to be honest, I'd have to say my knee-jerk reaction is usually, "I have to fix this. How am I going to fix this?"

It typically doesn't take me long to figure out that I can't. That's when I have to stop, take a deep breath, and ask myself what is in my control. Whatever is not in my control--which is usually a lot--I have to let go of. Hand it over to God and trust Him with the outcome.

Last summer, my husband fell off of a ladder and broke his back. At first, they suspected the worst. In the end, it ended up being only a minor inconvenience. However, through the CT scans, they discovered a mass on his kidney which turned out to be kidney cancer.

While we were focused on that little piece of the puzzle (the broken back), God saw the entire picture. My husband could have broken an arm or a leg in that fall, but that never would have revealed the cancer.

There's a lot to be said about life experience, but even more to be said about God experience. We learn first-hand that all things really do work together for good. Or maybe a better way to say that would be all things work together for God.

How do you react when life throws you a curve ball? What's your knee-jerk reaction? Do you find it difficult to let go?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

5 comments:

  1. Mindy,

    I completely relate to your post 100%! My daughter is currently going to NYC this Fall for an internship and then she will be done with college. She freaked out at first when she didn't get any offers and then she got one and two and many more! That caused more freaking out! Lol! Also my husband fell this past Spring off of a scaffold and broke his collar bone. I have learned when life's roads hit a curve you just have to hang on and let God take care of things. He knows what's ahead and that is so comforting to me. Thanks for the post and God bless!

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  2. Hi Mindy:

    While there are many things that happen that are outside my control, how I react to them is always within my control.

    Rule #1: mitigate damages.
    Rule #2: turn situation into an opportunity.
    Rule #3: “This too shall pass.”

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  3. Susie, I knew I wasn't the only one:-) You're right, it is so comforting to look at what God has done in the past to help get us through the present and look toward the future. I don't know what I'd do without Him.

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  4. Vince, those are some good rules to live by. Now if I could just stop being so emotional. You know those emotions. They tangle up everything:-)

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  5. Great post, Mindy! I'm sorry I didn't get by yesterday.

    As you know, I'm a worrier. So my first reaction is to try to fix things as well. I continually work on trying to let go and let God.

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