In a course lecture last night I heard the guest speaker say something (or, several things really) that stuck with me. The first was a piece of writing advice I had heard before but something extremely effective and worth hearing again.
He said the best writers can put their work to the side, the precious masterpieces they’ve been slaving over, and just let it be. Then, when they do come back to it, they can see it with a fresh set of unbiased eyes. The author would then be a bit more distanced from the work and able to handle it in a more constructive and efficient manner.
In the same way I believe we as Christians are called to cast all our worries, concerns, hopes, fears onto the Lord. And when the Lord believes we are ready, when we have started passing those spiritual tests we’ve been presented with, then we will be able to see everything through His eyes. We will begin to better understand why that time before wasn’t right or just have an overwhelming peace that the Lord had everything under control.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
When we hold onto things, clutching them to our chests as though they were the things giving us life, we miss out on developing and growing.
One of the greatest things I’ve learned in my Master’s program is the benefit of workshops. It’s an uncomfortable thing naturally because we bring our work for others to look at and offer constructive feedback on. If you shut your ears to people’s attempts at helping you strengthen your writing, you’re shutting doors of opportunity for improvement.
Rather than burdening yourself with the doubts and uncertainties of the future, cast your cares on the Lord. He wants to help you walk through this life. He wants to guide and equip you. But we limit God’s power in our lives when we won’t release those things from our hands. When we’re gripping onto that job, relationship, move, financial situation, etc, we can’t hold onto Jesus.
Our hands are full, and we end up becoming stuck in the rut of paralyzing fear.
I love the verse just before (1 Peter 5:6) which reads, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,”
Be humble enough to realize we can’t handle it all on our own. What if we finally admitted our need and gave it all back to God? Imagine the possibilities that come from living in full dependence on God, in having unwavering faith in His provision.
Today I can sense Him laying it on my heart to just let go. Yes, we can prepare. Yes, we should pray. But no, we shouldn’t be hunched over beneath the weight of worry. Jesus tells us to take on His yoke and to learn from Him for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)