A line in Phil Wickham’s song is “You are rewriting my story.” Man, it’s is singing to my heart right now. Maybe you planned life differently. Maybe you hadn’t really planned at all and are taking life as it comes. Even so, I’m sure you had an amount of expectation on what life would look like even if generally. Those expectations can be great if life goes as planned, if it all turns out great. But what about those hard pieces that inevitably come?
John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(The red felt appropriate, words from Jesus.)
So maybe we can let go of the expectation that life with Jesus will be easy. That we shouldn’t have to endure hardships. That’s why we came running right? To him for salvation. But I think it is when our faith endures these hard times that we are refined, our true selves brought forth.
Now the second song “Letting Go” has a line “I’m letting go, and falling into you.”
Letting go of what others think.
Letting go of fear.
Letting go of lies.
Letting go of who we think we are.
Letting go of self doubt.
Letting go of shame.
Don’t worry we aren’t letting go into an abyss, if we have Jesus. We are letting go and clinging to him in the tough and in the good. We are stepping with one eye peeking open praying “Oh please have me Lord.” And I think we can let go, because His plan will be infinitely better. Do we believe it is better? Letting go requires trusting our God is really good. And that He will be good to us, even still.
Another lyric, “You unwind me until I’m totally undone.” Oh, let that sink in. How many of you need Him to unwind you? Yeah, me too. Me too.
So let Him write a new story. Start by letting go, so you can become the person who celebrates others, who is brave, who steps out, who has confidence in themselves, who looks up instead of down at their feet, one who stands tall proud of who you are and the God you serve.
I’m still figuring this all out.