A couple years ago, I was in a focus group. It was deep stuff. I mean like reach into your soul, then a little further, a little to the left.. keep going… THERE! That’s it! Now pull it out, and let’s look at it together, type focus group.
At the time, I was in the “Ehh” zone with Jesus. Not everyone will know what I am talking about, but those who do will appreciate it. I had confessed with my mouth, but it was head knowledge, not heart knowledge.. that Jesus loved me. I was in that place, where I thought I needed to fix me before I could make it to Jesus. That I had to make myself acceptable to Him for him to love me. I was holding God at the standard of man, and man at the standard to be my god. Sometimes, I even thought I was it, that I was a god. That I had this power… man, I really thought I was something.
Now, I am certain that some people will come in with the “You can’t be ‘ehh’ for Jesus.” And, I would like to remind each and every one of us… that there is at least one thing right now, in your hands, that God is waiting on.
I’m just saying. And, that is what I’m saying…
In this focus group, the facilitator put her hand out, palm up. She then closed it. She said, “To let something go,” opens her hand, “you have to hold it first.” And again, she closed her hand, and opened it.
I’d like you to try that with me, consider this an interactive blog of sorts.
Hold you hand out in front of you, palm side up. See there? It’s empty.. Now imagine something you are struggling with… I’m going to put expectations in my hand.
Now, close your hand around whatever it is. I want you to really consider what you are holding onto. Keep in mind, that you are struggling with it. It causes you pain, it makes you wonder and worry about things out of your control. Maybe you even lose sleep over it…
It’s time to open your hand. When you do… let whatever you just held there, and everything attached to it… let it go. You’ve held on to it long enough.
What you have now, is an empty hand. Usually what I do now- I reach for Jesus, and pray until I know I will leave it at His Feet. Sometimes this can take quite a while. I encourage you to stay there with your hand open, praying until the Peace of God takes over..
That. Hold on to that.