He stood rigid, little fists clenched tight, face scrunched in disgust and shock – how dare his mommy want the bug. It was his! He had found it all by himself as he crawled on the patio, and that slimy critter just begged to be in his mouth. Fortunately, after a strong-willed battle, little Johnny’s mom was able to wrestle the creepy-crawly from the toddler’s hands.
Have you ever tried to get something from a small child they shouldn’t have? Perhaps they pick up something harmful, or maybe they have something you want them to release so you can give them something better. Goodness, little hands can be very, very strong when the will is strong.
I am often just like that little boy, I clench something tight thinking it’s what I need or must have, and I don’t want to let go. I’ve battled with God for years over some things I honestly thought were good things. However, I’m finding that even if the things are “good” in our eyes, it doesn’t mean it’s the best.
God doesn’t want only the good, He wants the best. God knows us, completely knows us. He knows the past, present, and future. When God beckons us to let go, He is offering freedom. If what we are holding in our hands, or hearts, is blocking His best, we need to let go to receive His best.
Amazing freedom comes when we release everything to God. When our hands (and hearts) are fully open to God, we are blessed with the bountiful blessings of God.
I want to let go of anything that isn’t God’s best. Heavenly Father, pry open my fingers and pry open my heart to be fully and completely open to You. Help me to let go to receive Your perfect will and Your perfect best.
“Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.” ~ Psalm 37:5 (MSG)