One of the most ignorant and illogical idioms on earth is, “it’s as easy as taking candy from a baby.”
The strongest force on earth is the grip of an infant and if you’ve ever tried to pry a chunk of your hair out of one of those squishy, dimpled, adorable vices of death then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Furthermore, if you are successful in freeing whatever object the little dear had locked within its claws, the ear splitting wails that follow will have you questioning if it was really necessary to take it away because apparently letting go is the most painful thing ever.
It seems to be something we learn in infancy and carry into adulthood, this need to grab hold of things and cling to them like our lives depend on it. We cling to our jobs, our ideas of success, our politics, our kids, money, desires and dreams and they become a sort of identity to us. But Father God, in his infinite wisdom, knows that clinging to anything but Him is of no benefit to us and so He goes about the painful (for us) task of prying lose our grip from the things that anchor us to this world and keep us from Him.
As baby Christians, we struggle with the letting go, the sense of “losing control” over the things we had no business claiming ownership of in the first place. But as we grow and mature we begin to see the beauty of a life submitted to Christ, the freedom that comes with casting your cares on Him and letting Him shoulder our burdens as we follow behind Him on the path he traveled before us- the one that leads us home.
There is so much relief in not worrying about the outcome, not being defined by the opinions of others, not constantly striving for the unattainable but being content in the simple task of just being obedient. Trusting that God knows best and has a perfect plan for us beyond what we can see and willingly loosening our grip without being asked because we have realized that what we gain in Christ is incomparable to whatever we release into His care.
In these particularly trying times it is so important to force faith into the areas that challenge our allegiance to our first love. Let’s hold on loosely so that it doesn’t hurt to let go and fully trust God with every aspect of our lives.
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:23-25