I'm Letting Go
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way,to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” Matthew 16:24-26 MSG translation
I remember giving my life to God a long while back but instead of letting Him lead and completely surrendering myself to Him, I gratefully invited Him to just stay beside me, to be there for me if I needed Him on my journey through life. I wanted God in my life to help me do things I could not do myself, expecting that He would navigate around the difficulties and smooth out the road while sitting in the passenger seat.
But Jesus said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let ME lead…”
For much of my life, I wanted to be in control. It’s easier when you are in control - or at least that’s what I liked to tell myself. Have you heard the song “Jesus take the Wheel” Giving someone else control can be scary, even if it is the God of the Universe, who knows me better than I know myself.
But it’s that fear that can keep you from turning over the keys. Fear of what He might do. Fear of where He might take you. Fear of what He may ask you to do. STOP focusing on YOU and EMBRACE HIM! Throw your hands in the air, pry your hands from the wheel and hand the keys over to God. Surrender is never easy and I understand that fear can seem overwhelming. But when you relinquish control, you will find freedom in following, joy in trusting, and peace in surrender. Choose the road less traveled by letting Jesus take the Wheel.
Let Go and Let God!
Jesus, take the wheel. I am throwing my hands in the air, I know the journey might be hard but I’m letting go, because I can’t do this on my own and I know I need to step into your presence and surrender to you so that this course you have me on will be completed. I know you want to teach me how to walk this pathway of Trust, this journey of Surrender, and this road of Submission, I am yours Jesus. Conform my will to yours. In your name I pray, Amen.