Too often we view our life of faith like a walk on a tightrope, or perhaps like that crazy guy in Free Solo (he climbs mountains without ropes. Yes, in real life.) The result of this is that our emotions, peace, joy and confidence are tied almost entirely to our own actions and completely detached from the actions and love of God.
It seems that God’s love, and our faith journey, is much more like a zipline. In Jesus, we’re attached, securely. Though the ride may feel dangerous at times, slower at others and even at an agonizing standstill in a valley, we never become detached. And we can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6)
So as we seek to persevere through life, perhaps the most important thing we can do, ironically, is to let go.
Let go of all the striving and working and worrying. Don’t you feel the tension in your hands and shoulders from hanging on so tight, wondering if you’re gonna make it? Let go of perfection and condemnation and people-pleasing and stress. None of this will bear good fruit in us.
Yes, it feels dangerous, hanging there 100 feet off the ground. Letting go seems crazy. But it’s only when we let go that we realize we are tethered securely in Christ, and we can remember that our God has us. And that makes all the difference.
Grace and Peace,