A few years ago, I had an opportunity to do indoor rock climbing at my daughter’s birthday party. Since I am afraid of heights, it was with a fair degree of trepidation that I undertook this activity. As I received the safety harness and intently listened to the instructions, my eyes surveyed the vertical wall that stood before me. Most of the embedded protrusions, placed for the hands and feets, appeared to be evenly spaced and within my reach. However near the top of the wall, many were more widely spaced. As I began my ascent, I quickly saw that my initial impression was true. How would I be able to reach across without falling?
As if on cue, the instructor on the floor yelled out, “Don’t worry about falling! Just reach out to it. Just let go!”
The instructor knew my fear was limiting my reach to the next level. I was unwilling to let go. Only after recomposing myself, was I able to trust the harness and let go, to successfully reach the next level. Fears conquered...at least for that day!
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
In my spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, I exhibit a similar fear and lack of confidence in God’s promises to hold me and guide me. I confess that I love God and Jesus is my Lord and Savior and am reborn with a new life, empowered by the Holy Spirit. And yet, so often, during trials and tribulations, I refuse to let go of my old life and attempt to solve problems with my own efforts and resources. When will I learn that I need to stop clinging to my old life? Just let go!
Thanks be to God who is patient with me. He continues to transform me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Everyday, every moment, I am learning to let go and allow Him to go!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.