What would happen if I chose to let go of the details?
What would change if I allowed God to step into even the smallest moments of this season?
Moments of love, joy, laughter and blessing can easily be missed in the madness of the Christmas rush.
This week provided me with a vivid example of letting go. Letting go of my own ideas, so that moments of blessing could take place. I lead a girls’ group for my 8 year-old daughter and her friends. The plan was to visit an assisted living home. The girls would bring cheer and smiles to the residents. But, I began to “feel the pressure” of organizing. I had a list of “things” I wanted to do to make this service project a “success.” As the day approached, I just couldn’t seem to let go of my ideas and let the day happen. As the time grew near, the only thing I wanted to do was cancel the event.
My dear friend stepped in a saved me. She eliminated “my list”, simplified the day, and kept stepping in faith. The day came and went in spite of my stumbling. The residents were greatly blessed by the cheerful faces and joy-filled hearts of the girls. The girls blossomed and gave all that their sweet hearts could give. And, I stood in awe of my God. Once again, He showed up and blessed the willing heart of my friend. The day was more precious than I could ever have “planned.” Not a thing was missing.
In that moment, I was so glad that I chose to “let go.” I was so thankful that my friend was willing to give “what she had.” I was humbled yet again by the heart of my God who is always able to do so much more than I can ever plan.
Mark 6:32-43 (NIV)
So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread;for they have nothing to eat.” But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
(Insert of John 6:8-9) : One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
The disciples almost missed this miracle in the midst of fretting over the details. Christ is always moved by His love. In this scene, He motivates the disciples to move past their fears and expectations and concerns. He simply asked, “What do you have?” I love that He didn’t give them an amount that was necessary to succeed. He only wanted to know what they had. Once the food was blessed, He gave it back to the disciples and allowed them to “do” the miracle. Their hands delivered the much needed food to the hungry crowd. What a gift it is that He allows us to be His hands and feet.
This passage reminds me of my week. When the task before me seemed too much, the willingness of a friend showed me that God is always able. I only need to let go and bring Him what I have. The disciples wanted to send the people away. But, Christ was “moved with compassion.” God is not concerned with the details of how we bring something. My lists mean nothing to Him. He is not concerned with how much time or money or even talent that I have. What He looks at is with the heart of what I bring. Do I bring all that I have? Is it brought with a heart full of Him? Is it brought with compassion, kindness, love, mercy, grace?
God only wants a willing heart – He will orchestrate the rest. He is The Great Multiplier. He is The Provider. He is The Miracle Worker. Our part is to give Him the little we have with a heart that says, “Use this.” And, He will take our efforts, our offerings, and our moments. He will bless them. And, He will touch the lives and hearts of the people around us.
Our part is to stay with Him. Let go. And, give Him whatever we have – big or small, tired or refreshed, a little or a lot. He doesn’t want to be in a tug-of-war with our schedule, our insecurities or our resources. He wants us to let go and let Him show us the way.
This season, don’t miss the moments in the madness! Stop. Stay focused on Christ. Let go of your own plans. And, let Him move in your unplanned moments that are filled with Him.
If we let go and allow Him to move in our midst, miracles will happen in the least likely places.
Thank you for Your unfailing example of love. Let my heart be pulled by Your Ways. Help me to look at all things with compassion and grace. Give me a “letting go” kind of attitude. Let my heart and my hands be free to do Your Work. Use me, Lord. Let my moments be used to bless others.
In Your Kind and Loving Name,