When the Word Whispsers, “Let Go”

by Dawn Aldrich

rainydayinjulyWarm winter rain tap, taps against my window.

Tap tap. Tap tap. Tap. Tap. Tap.

Slow, melodic awakenings bid my drowsy mind’s attention.

Tap tap. Tap tap. Tap. Tap. Tap.

They build, crescendo.

Tappity tap. Tappity tap. Tappity tap. Tappity tap. Tappity tap.

And slow.

Tap tap. Tap tap. Tap. Tap. Tap.

Nature’s untimely lullaby.

Winter disguised as early spring.

We live within these unpredictable, uncontrollable forces and yet we try to rein them in – east to west, north to south. We study them, predict their next move, realign our lives in hopes they’ll give in to our demands. And always, we stand bewildered against nature’s ways-powerless and silent.

Then out of nowhere, a soft zephyr blows – whispers, “Let go.”

Against our tugging hearts, we might concede, hand the ropes over to the One who whispered the words – the One known as the Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NIV).

The Word that spoke everything into being with his voice:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light…

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water…

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.”

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation…

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth…”

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky…”

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds…

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image…

“And it was so” (excerpts from Genesis 1:1-30 NIV).

That Word who became flesh and lived among us still speaks, still whispers to our hearts, “Let go.” But the choice is ours. We can tighten our grip – pretend not to hear or we can let go and let the Word – let God – speak life and order and peace.

Is life’s unpredictability causing you to grip the reigns of your life tight? Can you hear the Word whispering, “Let go?” What will it take for you to loosen your grip on life and let God take control?

Dear God, search us and know our ways. Look deep into our souls and show us where we need to let go, where we need to loosen our grip. We freely give you control and pray your peace and calm and order in the midst of our chaos and storm. Create in us a new beginning. Amen.

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