“Let go and let God.” It’s a common saying that trivializes a challenging act. When trouble comes, fear and worry are natural responses.
Even so, the cliché itself — simplistic as it is — has roots in scripture. The Book of Proverbs does say to, “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Thankfully, the same God that tells us to trust Him is gracious enough to show us why we should.
As I’ve mentioned before, trading journalism for work at a nonprofit was a vocational leap of faith. My primary duties did not include writing or editing copy at the start. And while I had peace about my position’s purpose, I can’t say I wasn’t concerned I’d crossed a career Rubicon.
Yet for a writer, my own worries have a way of causing me to forget the narrative. God has always taken my own limited abilities and multiplied them. I have a resume full of editorial experience today, but little more than 3 years ago, I’d never published a word.
God, who knit me together in my mother’s womb, had a perfect plan for rendering what He’d already given. He’d take the many interviews I’d conducted, and use them to help me interact with dozens of volunteers. He’d take my familiarity with reading press releases to help me write them. And he’d use an editor’s need for well-sourced information to provide me with a basis for writing grants.
What’s more, He has a way of revealing His Ephesians 3: 16–19 love in all the moments where I am bereft. This phrase, from verse 19, is overwhelming: “ … to know this love that surpasses knowledge … “
Every day, we’re confronted by questions where our only honest response is, “I am not skilled to understand.” But here, the Word makes plain that we don’t need to be. Instead, grasping this unknowable, vast love, we may be “ … filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
In the past, I’d begin my workday by writing down a list of tasks. I’d jot down corresponding boxes and watch as the checkmarks piled up. That’s not something I do any longer. I rarely know exactly what the days will bring or how much I’ll accomplish. But like Superman under a yellow sun, I know the Father’s love will empower me to do everything in His plan for my life.
Let go and let God. Let Him love, heal, empower and equip you, and never, ever stop believing that He will.