Let Go

Why is it so hard to let go of things?

You may have read Where the Red Fern Grows, the great story of love and devotion between a boy and his dogs.  I won’t go into the details, but the boy learns a trick for catching raccoons. Raccoons are attracted to shiny objects, so he placed a few shiny trinkets inside a small hole of a hollowed out log.  The raccoons reached down into the hole, grabbed the object, but because the hole was smaller than the raccoon’s fist holding the object, the coon wouldn’t let go and was trapped.  A raccoon won’t let go of the shiny treasure even to save it’s own life.

Why is it so hard to let go of things?  The simple answer is that letting go means surrendering our sense of control.  It’s trading what we know, feel comfortable with, or have some certainty about – for something unknown and beyond our control.

Letting things go doesn’t mean that we are out of control, or that the future is awful or unfamiliar.  Letting go means that we have to close our eyes to what we have to make way to what is a better place or a better thing. Letting go is what we call ‘faith.’

Biblical faith isn’t a leap into a dark cavern from a solid place; it’s trusting the All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Present God.  He sees what we don’t.  He has control over what we don’t.  He is present even when we don’t know what is around the corner.

It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s an easy step from letting go to letting God … it’s merely the step of just one letter:  G-o to G-o-d.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths  (Proverbs 3:5-6).


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