“Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.” Psalm 119.107
Letting go is tough! Letting go of the past, letting go of the present, and letting go of the future. Letting everything float away, released with the absolute freedom of never returning, is one of the most challenge decisions you and I make. The choice comes each morning and then again every moment of a day. To ignore the decision is a choice in itself. To procrastinate is a repeat of the choice of ignorance. Letting go is an act of hope in a world where hope is in short supply.
Every person that prays, every Psalmist carries unnecessary personal baggage. The baggage may be different in color, weight, and texture, yet the burden we carry is the same. My bag is full of lost opportunities, pain and guilt from decisions of self, fear of the present and Presence, with a big dose of shame for what I am.
Each morning I think I toss my bag into the trash. I recognize its size and weight. I know the toxic effect this baggage has on me. I understand what can and will happen if I release the package to God. As much and as hard as I throw this bag away, I never quite let it go, fearful that I may lose myself in the process.
God offers you and me a special gift. He demands a great sacrifice and a step of fear. God’s gift is one of relationship – more powerful than the bond that holds boy and girl or best friends. Receiving this gift will mean that you and I will let go of our bag of burdens. Letting go of our baggage is, if real, a great sacrifice. We will lose who we are.
Letting go of our bag is a step in fear and faith. Let go gives God permission to take us back to our original design and purpose, children of God. Today is a fresh opportunity to let go. By God’s power, please take it.