Live Free and Let Go!

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“Trust in the Lord with All your heart  and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

So as I sat down this morning to ponder the idea of letting go and freedom, I coincidentally experienced both at once. Jesus is so clever that way sometimes, isn’t He?  I just started a new business, where I can work part time and partner with whomever I choose.  Having a previous profession in sales, where there were quotas and objectives and weekly call reports and lots of structure, this was a refreshing and wonderful shift for me! So I believe that people will come into our path when the time is right, sometimes for good, sometimes for a season, to teach us something about ourselves or life if we are ready for the lesson.  I’m generally a type A personality – and I will persevere when I feel called to a challenge or a goal, if I feel it’s the right thing to do.  What I believed to be an amazing opportunity unexpectedly fell right into my path in the form of a long time friend who I absolutely adore.  I ran it, fully expecting to be blessed with this amazing person as a business partner with whom I could spring board into some major fun and success! I felt excited and exhilarated!  I REALLY wanted this to happen and was so enthusiastic about the potential future.  In fact I was already envisioning an amazing view from the top.  Cart before the horse and all….

Well, this morning I learned that this opportune idea was currently just that.  A beautiful idea. For very sound reasons, the season for this person I loved and so wanted to work alongside was not in the same season as me. Something was not clicking at this time and so the answer was no.  A sweet and reasonable no.  A complimentary no, but a no.  Disappointing? Yes.  Unexpected? Yes.  But crushing or defeating? NO!! Today’s gift held a spiritual check up for me that left me feeling truly free.  I have had to learn to trust in God and lean not on my own understanding by time and again experiencing and accepting loss and letting go as a part of life’s lessons.  Through facing my fears and trusting God to move me into a better place, I realized that sometimes He sees way beyond what I do – and His wisdom is truly greater than mine.  I have learned to embrace His absolutely enthralling love and adoration of me and know in my every fiber that God himself is guiding me on a path to freedom, peace and glory.

The difference in this shift in perspective has been life changing for me! Now disappointments are only signposts of a need to move in a new direction, to accept what is and look for the lesson, to learn, adapt and grow. Letting go of the “things of this world” can be physical, relational, mental or spiritual.  We are taught in many ways to hold on to what we’ve got with both hands.  Don’t let go.  But Jesus turned that concept upside down when He came to earth to teach us how to truly let go of all this life offers and hold on to Him alone.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still bear disappointment and sadness and grief.  I still wish for things to be different than they are.  But with the lenses of letting go and the living breathing promise of freedom, the holding on just isn’t as enticing as it used to be.  If you are feeling a pull to let go of something that you want badly to cling to, but you know in your heart that it’s time to let go, I encourage you to trust in God and do just that.  LET IT GO…..you may not see it, but true freedom is waiting behind that pain, and it’s beautiful!

-Carole Lyon

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