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There are many times in life where we come to the end of ourselves. We realize we can’t make our hopes, dreams, and plans a reality. It is humbling. And it is often in this place that we see God.
My father once told me about something Watchman Née calls “the thing in hand.” He told me, “you have to open your hand and let go of the thing you’re holding onto in order to get what God has for you.”
Isn’t this what Abraham had to do when he laid his son Isaac on the alter? Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8) Could Abraham have known then what God had in mind, and how by being willing to lay down Isaac, God was bound by covenant to do the same?
About a week ago I planted a shade garden in my yard. It doesn’t look like what I had envisioned. I keep staring at it thinking, “grow!”
And in this moment I heard God teaching me something. I realized that all I can do is plant the flowers. God is responsible for the rain, sun, and time that are necessary to make my plants grow. My efforts, my good works, my dreams all amount to nothing without God’s grace.
We have an excellent example of what this looks like in the life of Jesus when He laid down His life on the alter and trusted the Father to resurrect Him. Even Jesus had to know when to say, “it is finished.” (John 19:30) - Thanks, Pastor Tim, for this reminder!
I’m learning to let go…of control. I’m opening my hand, giving my dreams to the Lord. Laying my life down to let God be God. I can only plant my life in the Vine, trusting the Father to provide. (John 15:1-8)
When we let go of our control, we get God’s grace.
"Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.". 1 Corinthians 15:36
"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:39
"For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord…" Proverbs 8:35
For further reading: http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/nee/5f00.0638/5f00.0638.3.htm