Holding Things Loosely
This has been a theme weaving its way through my life lately. Why do we cling to things? We cling to our kids, their successes and failures. We cling to our thoughts of inadequacy – the “not enough” tapes we play in our heads. We cling to the past, we cling to the future. We cling to what we don’t have. We cling to what we want.
When we hold things loosely, life loosely, we allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts.
Do you remember Veruca Salt, the spoiled British girl in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? She was known for her song, “I Want it Now,” and her dreams of having a lifetime supply of chocolate or getting to the end of the challenges were cut short when she jumped on the golden egg goose barometer that read “bad egg” and proceeded to fall into the garbage chute. Charlie, an unlikely candidate to inherit the factory, was the one who held things loosely. He was honest and willing to accept what came his way, and in the end, he came out on top.
When we tell God what we want and demand that we want it now things don’t end well. When we lay things before the Lord with open hands and open hearts we allow His Spirit to truly work. We don’t know all the details, all the reasons, but we can rest well that God does and let his peace rule in our hearts and lives.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
KC DiNardo, Associate Pastor for Rising Generations and Connecting Ministries