Sometimes the only reason I’m still holding on is because my fear of the fall is greater than my belief in what I cling to. I hang on out of desperation rather than faith. I clutch the rope so tightly because I can’t handle another disappointment; my grasp is firm because I’d rather clutch the taut, tired shred than be found empty-handed at the bottom, dreams shattered in fragments all over the ground.
I don’t release my grip because I know if I let go this time, it will be my last. I won’t have the strength to try again—I’ll resign myself to that life on the bottom, that place where hope’s deferred splinters pierce the soul, that spot where shards of what could have been crumble into dusty flakes to be trampled.
I’ve done everything I know to do. I’ve prayed every prayer I know to pray. I’ve hoped against hope and waited on Him, serving in the small place He’s asked me to work. And now I’m left dangling in thin air, held only by a gauzy line frayed thin by uncertainty.
And I wonder now if holding on is really the right thing to do.
Maybe the answer isn’t found in holding to crumbling dreams with blistered palms.
What if I take my hands off ?
What if the tattered rope has me hanging when, if I could just let go, I would land in the deep, sheltering lines of His hand?
What if when I let go, that thing I’ve held so tightly becomes free to be transformed in the hands of a mighty God?
What if the one situation I’m clinging to is the last piece of the puzzle, but He can’t get His hands there to shift it into place because I won’t move mine?
Sometimes the greatest form of faith is in letting go, in taking our hands off the tattered rope and releasing it fully into His hands.
Be encouraged today. God is faithful. He is trustworthy. Give Him your rope. Be willing to let go so you can hold on—to His promise, to His hand, to His heart.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” – Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV)