Let It Go
Okay, okay, I apologize for the gratuitous “Frozen” reference in the title of this blog. If you have young children, I know you’ll understand how quickly a parent’s life becomes saturated with “kid culture.” At this moment in my life, MOPS doesn’t stand for “Mothers of Preschoolers.” It stands for “Mother Obligingly Playing Soundtracks.” At home. In the car. On the way to school. Every. Single. Day.
All that aside, the title is apropos because letting go has been on my mind a lot lately. You see, when it comes to sharing the details of my personal life, I’m somewhat of a hoarder. I figure that everyone’s got problems and the last thing I want to do is burden someone else with all my crazy. After all, if God’s got me covered, why should I bother anyone else?
But what I’ve failed to realize is that by suffering silently, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to experience God’s comfort via the compassion of those around us. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
We were never meant to “suck it up” and take care of things on our own. It was only after seeking the counsel of a (READ: wise) friend that I experienced a whole new dimension of peace that I had been missing out on simply because I thought my problems weren’t big enough.
Big enough. For GOD. Puh-leeze.
I recently came across a wonderfully inspiring quote that I think gets to the core of what I’m describing:
“What God is bringing you through at this very moment is going to be the testimony that will bring somebody else through. No mess, no message.”
When we share our ups and downs with each other, we open ourselves to yet another outlet of God’s miraculous healing and strength. And the more I open up about what’s going on with me, the more I see how God is using my mess to not only comfort me but also bless others.
So through all of this, I’m beginning to understand just how powerful and majestic it is to belong to the Body of Christ… and what it truly means to “let go and let God.”
Written by Michelle Hutchison
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