The Lord continues to grow me as I learn to let go of “my life” and yield to His will. Laying my dreams into the Hands of the One who knows all things, is teaching me much about the joy in letting go.
I’m finding that freedom results from surrender. When I try to carry the world on my shoulders, worrying about what I am going to do next, my mind carries the burden of self, and I actually end up more depressed and sad. But when I, as the sweet hymn says, turn my eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face, the things of earth do grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
True freedom, begins with surrender because trust produces a surrendering heart. Just as the skydiver surrenders his life into the “hands” of the parachute, when Christ called me to salvation, I am now called to surrender my life and “leave it all into the hands that were wounded for [me].” (Elisabeth Elliot)
As Deitrich Bonhoeffer says, “The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death— We give our lives over to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
The skydiver trusts the parachute. He cannot do anything to change the parachute or change the results of his skydive. His life is completely given up to the opening or the malfunction of the parachute.
In the same way, I must learn to trust my Savior. I cannot do anything to change Him or His ways. I cannot change my circumstances, but I can lay my life down and He will do what He will with it. His ways are perfect, His will is perfect, so why wouldn’t I trust Him with everything? What do I have to lose? Only my life, but in that, I gain so much more.
The truth is, it’s hard to give up, what we think is ours. As a sinful human, I believe I have the right to my life. But as a Christian, I have been “bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
Letting go of my dreams, my plans, my desires, my life, in exchange for Christ’s plan, produces freedom; for I no longer have to worry about what’s going to happen next or what my life holds in the future. I can trust God’s perfect will, believing that He knows what is best and will do all things for His glory and my ultimate good.
And that, is a freeing place to be. It’s a place I am learning to love.