“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. I love the colorful trees, crisp cooler “sweater weather”, and bonfires with friends! I love pumpkin spice lattes, chili cooking in the crock pot, and cuddling up in cozy blankets. As I scrolled through Facebook this morning I saw a meme that seems particularly popular this fall. It has crossed my feed may times since autumn began. It reads “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.” It caused me to stop to contemplate, “What things has Jesus invited me to let go of?” and “Have I accepted His invitations?”
A quick search of the internet shows that there are at least 100 Bible Verses related to letting go. How beautiful is that? God encourages us to release anxiety (Philippians 4:6), fear (2 Timothy 1:7), bitterness, anger, (Ephesians 4:31-32), and guilt (Romans 8:1) among other things. He reminds us we don’t have to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We can put our trust in Him. He has peace (John 14:27) and rest (Matthew 11:28-30) waiting for us.
I am going to schedule some time to just sit quietly in His presence today. Won’t you join me? Let our time begin with praise. It will remind our spirits of His power and faithfulness. Rehearse your blessings. Name his attributes. Don’t stop there. One by one let’s release to God those things that weigh us down. Speak it in the silence or write it in a letter. Then in the stillness let us listen for God to respond to our hearts. Let us Allow Him time to give us comfort, to renew His peace as He moves the burdens and holds them for us.
Letting go is possible. I was in church deeply immersed in God’s presence one Sunday morning. My heart was filled with gratitude as I sang praises to Him. My mind’s eye saw nothing but His glory. In that moment He spoke to my heart. He said “Breathe it out”. I exhaled. In an instant the anxiety I had long carried left me. It is not cliche to say we find our hope and healing in Him. We will find Him when we seek him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Let us seek Him now.