One thing I learned in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts – don’t hold onto things too tightly. Instead lay your hands open to accept God’s love. If we cling to something we can get tense, tightened shoulders, aching muscles, and pain.
I used to cling to control – over my family. I wanted to protect them – so I tried to keep control of everything that went on. I thought I could make sure nothing bad happened to them. – WRONG. My fear and control led to a very frustrated, angry person. Instead of enjoying each moment I got caught up in trying to lead and police everyone.
By letting go of my grasp – I opened myself to the guidance of a loving Father. I opened myself to the Holy Spirit. I grew in patience, in love, in gentleness. I even grew to like the new me.
I know I can never grasp the understanding of God – He is too big, too awesome and too powerful to be understood. But I can be reverent before Him, bless His name and want to live closer and closer to Him.
“The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:28, NIV).
Instead of grasp – I am learning to let go. Open palms. Accepting and loving each minute I am given.
Linking to Lisa-Jo’s Five-Minute Friday