Friday, November 5, 2010

Grabbing Hold or Letting Go?

A couple of days ago I took Brennan on a walk using a Baby Bjorn, (he loves to face forward and sit on my chest as we walk).  It was a relatively sunny day and the Fall leaves were out.  Early in our walk I picked up a crispy leaf and handed it to him; he loved it.  Surprisingly, he didn't try to put it in his mouth (like everything else), but instead he seemed fascinated by the feel and texture of the leaf, slowly crunching it in his hands.

A little later, I picked up an even bigger leaf; one of those huge maple leaves that fell to the ground.  I could see Brennan's eyes light up and his curiosity to grab it from me, and yet, there was a problem; he wouldn't let go of the smaller leaf.  I had to actually pry open his hand (which is harder than you think), pull out the old leaf, and put the bigger one in it.  This happened one more time when I came across a huge leaf...again, he wanted it, but didn't want to let go of what he had.

This got me to many times has there been some "thing," some gift, some area or a blessing that God has wanted to give to me but because I was hanging on too tightly to what I already had, I missed out.  Or perhaps I eventually received the gift, but only after God pried open my hand.

I think that the hardest part of being a believer is trust.  Trusting God totally.  Trusting in His goodness, in His grace.  Living life with an open-hand.  Me?  The minute something good happens, I tend to shut my hand and then try to hang on for dear life, resisting anything that might threaten me.  However, all too often I find that once God does pry my hand open, and places in it something I may never have chosen for myself, that I always come out the other side better for it.  Which makes me wonder, do I live life with an open hand, or a closed one?

Key Question: What are you hanging onto today, that maybe, God is trying to take out of your hands...and just maybe, He's trying to replace it with something else?

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:7-11)

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