Being Woven

Oh…to Let Go

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Oh, how I have struggled with aspects of life, wanting my own way, not wanting to lose control of things that I believe I have control over.  There have been times where I just refused to give in and other times where I gave in feeling defeated.  Either way, it was all about SELF, about ME!!  My will, my ego needed nourishing and placed above all else, even above God…OR so I believed.

As I grow in the LORD, He shows me His way, His will.  I let go, but not always without a struggle.  So the lessons must be taught and re-taught.  My desire to write about “letting go” has taken me down a sweet road with Jesus.

Thank you, Jesus, for never giving up on me, even when I have been stubborn.  Thank You for walking with me and teaching me the Truth.  You are The Word.  You are where I desire to dwell. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. 
Psalm 19:14

In the Name of Jesus, The Word.  Amen. 

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A rope with two stories upon which I dangle and learn letting go!

from Genesis 32: And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”  Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.  So Jacob called the name of the place Penuel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.  Genesis 32:24-31

A few verses earlier in this chapter of Genesis, Jacob prayed heartily to God for protection, laying out his great fears, and reminding God of His promises:  
“… But You have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’ ”  Genesis 32:12  How often I pray and then wrestle with all that I prayed, even with the prayers I did not know how to utter, often keeping me awake for hours into the night!  Jacob stayed strong in his struggle and did not quit although he received an injury in the hip joint by a touch.  Jacob’s faith in God and his deep prayer life prevailed above his fears.  Jacob’s strength caused him to wrestle and prevail with God for promised blessings.  God did bless him with a new name, Israel, meaning prince with God, a most honorable name, plus God fulfilled His promises.  Jacob was forever reminded of this struggle by the hip injury, a limp.  Jacob did not let go until God released him, yet he was humbled by the injury, yet praised and honored God for blessing him as well as deliverance of his life.  As the sun rose, communion between Israel and God was shared.  Jacob, now Israel, let go of his fears and no longer needed to wrestle with God.

from Luke 13: And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years.  She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”  And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.  Luke 13:11-13

 

This woman struggled with a spirit that disabled her for a long time.  Jesus touched her.  Her body was healed…from bent-over to straight.  She had lived in a humbled position all bent over for years, possibly dependent upon others, made fun of, or even neglected.  The healing may have changed her posture and removed the disabling spirit, yet she did not go around saying, “Look at me!  Look what I did!”  What she did do was…“She glorified God.”  I believe she remained humbled, recalling often her blessing from God.  In continued humility, she praised Him, seemingly being able to let go of eighteen years of suffering and maybe there was self-pity to release too.  How else can one rejoice as she did?  God healed her.  She could stand tall.  I believe she could let go of the past, looked ahead and UPward unto God

Letting go humbles me by understanding God’s promises, believing Him for them, praying unto Him, and standing strong in those promises and blessings, knowing He will, indeed, fulfill them.  He may allow me to struggle with fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, hip and knee issues.  But I am continually reminded Who granted the blessings and promises.

Letting go humbles me by acknowledging God’s healing power and knowing that it is not me who heals myself, for I am poor, meek, and a sinner.  God loves me and drew me to Him.  He is my Healer.  He is All I need.  I can stand upright in Him no matter my physical, mental, emotional condition.  He heals my spiritual health and will heal all else in His will and in His timing.

No matter where I am on the rope, the healing touch or the wounding touch, I learn to bring praise and honor to my God.

 

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LORD, I am humbled no matter where I am on the rope.  I am humbled because You are You and You love me.  I ask for Your help that I would let go, living for You in all ways.  I want to be healed physically, desiring to be strong spiritually even more so.  I want to walk in Your will and desire You always by my side, Father.  I know You will hold me upright as You fill me with the fruit of Your righteousness through Your Son’s death on the Cross.  I love You more than all, Abba Father.  Amen.

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Photo “Twisted Rope Up Close”http://www.photos-public-domain.com/2012/03/18/twisted-rope-close-up/

12 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your walk with God. I am struggling to let go of health issues, but your writing certainly gave me food for thought. Thank you!

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  2. So good Linda! Loved your two stories and their connection with the rope. I too have struggled with letting go and it is so freeing when I am more mindful about it. Thanks for great teaching about healing and wounding touches 🙂

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  3. Wow, Linda. Love how you connected two stories from two different times and made them so relevant to our time. Beautifully written, friend. In wounded times and in healing times, He alone is worthy of honor and praise. Thank you for sharing. ((xoxo))

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  4. Linda, I love your words! ❤ They resonate so much with my soul. These stories you shared are some of my favorites because they are full of so much hope for us in Jesus! It is a daily struggle to let go. I will let it go and then take it. back over and over again. This was so helpful to me in my journey to lay my worries, anxieties and cares at Jesus’ feet and trust Him. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. You are not alone in this. I often wonder if it’s our hearts longing for the order and precision of heaven that makes us think we should have it now. I just told a friend this morning that I love having my ducks in my row, but God likes to flick one out of place just to keep me dependent on Him. For the wisdom and strength to let Him have His (much better) way. Hugs, Linda

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  6. carlielake

    Linda, I’m praying for you today. Your words are beautiful and thought-provoking and I know they come from a place of struggle. May God continue to bless you as you let go to Him. This is a lesson that I too have to relearn again and again, and to be honest I’m not very good at it, but God is faithful and ever-patient, and He continually bears with me. Praying that He lifts you up today, both physically and spiritually.

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  7. I always think of Elsa in FROZEN! Just let it go!!! Easier sung than done!!!

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  8. I struggle with letting go also because I have an issue with trust. God is working on me though:)
    Thank you for sharing!
    #TuesdayTalk

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  9. Ah….yes dear Linda…the act of letting go is a difficult one for most humans. I’ve never had a problem letting go or walking away….I think I mastered that skill early on in childhood. But even being a “Let It Go Master” so to speak, does have its disadvantages. One of those being that you spend a whole lot of time alone.

    Even though I am merely 56 years of age…I sometimes feel so much older….or maybe that is just the age of wisdom. I have no problem physically letting go of things…or even shutting the door behind negative people….it’s the emotions that I have a problem with because I am known as a “hyper-sensitive” therefore I feel things far more deeply than most. Now, if I could just learn how to let go of that…..I’d be great!

    Ps. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier & sharing your thoughts. I will see you again soon.

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  10. jerralea

    Letting go and looking ahead …. perhaps we really can’t look ahead UNTIL we let go.

    Love the imagery here with connecting these two stories to the rope!

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  11. “No matter where I am on the rope.”
    My simple brain needs vivid word pictures,and God has given you a vivid one here, Linda. Blessings to you this weekend!

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  12. Dear Linda,
    I am so moved by your convicting words today. Yes, I want to let go of my own ways of looking and seeing, and truly LOOK UP to give God Glory, whether He chooses to bring physical healing, or spiritual strength. Either way, HE brings HIS Life to me, and that is what I truly need. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful heart of surrender here. You are in my prayers, dear Fellow-Fibro-Sister, with eyes fixed on Jesus!

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