Let It Go!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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"Let it go!" These words interrupted my thoughts one day while wrestling over an issue which had begun to feel like a losing battle. My efforts to change the situation felt fruitless. With those words, "Let it go!" the light dawned: I saw that I had assumed a care which had become too much for me. This was harming me. How did I know that? Because it was robbing me of my peace, joy, and sleep; it was making me over-controlling. And that's bad. No wonder that Jesus cautioned His followers, saying:

Luke 21:34a – But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with … cares of this life. (ESV)

Subtly, I had become weighed down with cares of this life. I desperately wanted to make something important happen for me, and my efforts were failing. As I released my determined grip on this fruitless mission, my anxious strivings blew away as if by a summer breeze. A refreshing surge of peace washed over me. Perhaps, I didn't need what I thought that I needed. I knew that I could trust my God with the matter. God would order and provide for me; His love would never let me go. With this renewed assurance, my mind was lifted from my focus on earthly matters and was set on things above. Like the psalmist did, I would wait on God.

I didn't have long to wait, for God was quick to launch me into a familiar review lesson. You see, in the past, I've experienced such times when I needed to let go of a burdensome pursuit. Usually, I realized that it was too much for me only when I noticed the negative effect — notably, when I lost peace and joy, or when I felt discouraged or stressed out.

Those have been opportunities to stop and engage in some careful self-reflection, times to ask the question: Why do I take on cares that are too burdensome? I know. It's partly because of high expectations on myself and others.

For myself, I wish to do things properly, say the right words, and ensure that I'm understood. From others, I want things to be explained properly and managed correctly, with moral integrity, proper protocol, according to the best expertise, professional standards, and so forth. You get the picture.

These are not bad desires, for such ideals have helped to advance our civilization and to provide us with a sense of security. But how do we react when our expectations fail and people don't measure up?

If our main mission is to correct the situation or to make others see the light, then we risk taking on an unachievable goal. We risk drifting from God's best for us ourselves. These are times to hear those words, "Let it go!" — perhaps through a tender invitation from our heavenly Father, such as this:

    Bear not a single care thyself;
    One is too much for thee.
    The work is Mine and Mine alone;
    Thy work is to rest in Me.
           – Hudson Taylor

Prayer: Lord, as we release our care to You, open our eyes to see what You do with it — for our benefit and for Your glory. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you! You have hit the nail on the proverbial head!

    Great reminder and advice, Diane. Thank you and God bless!

    Amen, Diane! To God be the glory as we let go and let God! Blessings.

    Oh, my, Diane, you hit the target! As the saying goes, “Been there, done that.”

    Thanks, Diane, for another interesting and informative devotional. Blessings for these special writings you contribute.

    Important decisions are a part of life – we can cope when we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us step by step in making these decisions.

    Thanks for the personal touch with your devotion today.
    It coincides with a family concern of ours.

    Hi. This was just what I needed. It resonates with me, and I too have found myself in this same situation. Thanks again for sharing this. God Bless.

    Thank you, Diane,
    As you described what you experienced in your devotional, I could see myself in your words. Thank you for the inspiration and scriptures to remember to Let Go and Let God!

    You have no idea how much I needed to be reminded that God is at work today and every day I trust must give it to God and wait patiently for Him to sit it out.

    Thank you very much, Diane, for a particularly helpful devotional this morning. My dad had, “Let go and let God” as a motto, and it is something of which I need to be reminded repeatedly.
    Blessings on your day!

    Yes, and amen! I’m so glad that when I found out I had breast cancer, what first came into my being was: God’s got this! And He has. I’m recovering well from surgery, regaining strength. Hope your conversation with the cardiologist was helpful. Blessings! God’s got this!

    Dear Diane,
    I praise God for this message today. It is exactly what I need this morning as I go forward.
    Thank you for these encouraging words.
    May the Lord bless you with joy and peace.

    Thanks for encouragement to Let it Go! For about the last month I have been struggling to leave a situation with our adult son in God’s hands. Some days are good and some days I start worrying again. So, your devotional message was timely.
    Thank you.

    Hi Diane! This devotion has my name all over it. lol. I struggle with my OCD, Type A personality constantly, and the theme song from Frozen (“Let it Go”) sits on my lips quite often.
    I always enjoy your devotions and can always find some wisdom to follow; and today’s is no exception. Thank you so much!
    Happy Spring to you, despite today’s snowfall, and I look forward to your next devotion.

    Such an important contribution you have written for all of us today, but usually such a hard thing to do. My husband is better at letting go and letting God take control than me but I’m learning.
    Thank you for this reminder especially during COVID-19 when I get so frustrated by people who don’t follow precautions. I have to remember I can’t control others, only my own behavior.

    I too experienced a great deal of stress over a family matter. It was tearing me up and flooding my soul with worry. One night as I lay awake yet again, the Lord spoke in a quiet voice “give it to me” and I did. The peace that overtook me was remarkable and I was able to see beyond the difficulties to brightness and positivity. There are still challenges but now I say, “the Lord is looking after this, it will be alright”. What a gift I have been given. Amen.

    Hello Diane, I definitely needed this instruction today. Reading the title my immediate response was “mm, this could be a message I could share with my sister”. However, it appears that it was good advice for me.
    In trying to change another’s attitude I had mistakenly taken on a role that wasn’t mine.
    Thank you, and God bless you.

    Your message today is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much! I have been struggling with a situation that is beyond anything that I have control over. Prior to reading your Devotional, I had just finished a prayer time where I was addressing the fact that I have been stressing myself when I know in my heart that I need to “let it go” and trust in our Lord for the answer.

    Good morning, Diane,
    I think this was a hard devotional for you to write. To “let it go” is not easy as you discuss. Sometimes we think of it as a “failure” and not “something which was not ours to do”.
    I appreciate very much your honesty and willingness to share your feelings on this topic. I am glad that God talks with you and helps you understand.
    May you keep your “peace and joy” and not feel “discouraged or stressed out”. May you pass your burdens onto God to take care of.

    Hello Dianne Eaton, your devotional “Let It Go” is a God sent timely devotional that my son-in-law needed so much to see and read. He is going through something that occurred Easter Sunday morning as he worked the sound booth equipment at their church. I was so hoping that an appropriate devotional tackling said issue would come and yours was the ONE this time. May Almighty God continue to allow you to use your talents to touch the lives of others.
    I have forwarded your devotional and I am sure that it will have a great impact on how he wrestles with this situation.
    Hallelujah, Amen

    Hello Diane,
    You, with your devotional, with your sincere words of truth, have blessed me again, “as usual.”
    Each day when these devotionals come, I first check whose name is written under, if it is your name I am alerted and read carefully and am always encouraged, corrected, enlightened with new wisdom or direction, refreshed, enriched with new hope and peace settles down in my heart.
    In a world when many people do not want to be corrected, I live for God’s correction of me and I often receive it from your devotionals like this last one you shared, “Let it Go.”
    Jesus said, be my witnesses, and this is what you do, quite often sharing your own failures and witnessing how listening to God paid off.
    Hats off to you. You are such a secure person that you can do this.
    I wanted to write to you so that you may be encouraged once more that your words have a ripple effect and ministers beyond your imagination.
    So, not only for myself, but also on behalf of all others who have been benefitting from your humble and yet powerful heart’s joy, I thank you.
    May you continue to hear God’s voice and share with us, and may God keep and bless you by being with you, warming your heart with His presence, empowering you to face life’s daily challenges, and bless you exceedingly abundantly beyond even your expectations in all areas of your own and your family’s life.

    Hi Diane,
    I could have written this Devotional word for word. I am currently teaching a Bible Study about ” Signs Of Christ’s Soon Return”, and I have been having attacks of the Enemy to get rid of it, including attacks on my health. But I know it is not my Study, but His, so I hear His words telling me to LISTEN and spend more time reading the scriptures, specifically the Psalms.
    When I finally do so, He assures me of His Presence and gives me to direction.
    Thank you for the confirmation you provided in your Devotional, as part of His leading.
    May He continue to bless you richly as you encourage others through your writing.

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