Lately my life is consumed by constant requests from my children.
Today as I tried my best to fulfill another request, fixing a toy for my son, I felt my frustration rising.
It’s not that I mind fixing his toy. Or mind doing things for my kids at all. It’s that the requests are non stop. And more often than not, before one request is granted, the next is asked. It’s the dance of the “pretty please fairy” and I am always a step or two (or 200) behind.
And today, an additional layer of complexity, a common layer of complexity, was added when my son wanted to help. His fierce little grip and persistence made it impossible to fix any thing at all.
So I finally, in pathetic and flustered frustration exclaimed, “if you want my help, you have to let go.”
And BOOM. The “ah-ha” moment.
How true is that of life.
We beg for God’s help to fix our problems. But we will not let go. Our grip is tight and we just keep meddling.
Imagine if we were to truly let go! What might God do?!
My son let go of that toy and in five seconds (maybe less), I had it reassembled and ready to go.
I’m not going to claim that it’s always that simple or event hint that you should just sit back and never engage with your problems.
But when you keep pushing, keep meddling, poking and prodding at your problems with no end in sight, maybe it’s time to stop. Just stop.
Stop talking about it. Stop wrestling with it. Take a deep breath and release the worry and the confusion to God.
Sometimes all it takes is a good night of sleep to see with new eyes.
Let God move in those sleepy places. Let him give you new eyes to journey through those challenges.
Stop driving through the blizzard. The snow will still be there in the morning, but God just might clear the road for you and bring on some sunshine if you stop trying so hard to plow through.