It’s an older song, one that I learned well when a new to the scene artist, Francesca Battistelli, came to our church to do a concert a number of years back.
It’s not a new idea, but one we need to be reminded of – sometimes hourly.
The tighter we hold to something, the more important it is for us to learn to let go of it completely.
It’s the idea of holding loosely that we need to get through our heads.
Our plans, our ideas of how life should look, our thoughts of the future – those are things that are not for us to decide on our own.
The Lord has in mind what is best for us. We can let go of our plans and listen, or we can hold on to our plans and be unhappy and outside of God’s perfect plan for our lives.
Sometimes we hold on tightly because we are just sure that God wants things to play out in a way that we see them playing out. Sometimes we hold on tightly because we know we are supposed to go in a different direction but that direction is scary and unknown. Sometimes we hold on tightly because we don’t know what else to hold on to.
But we have to let go. We have to allow God to work in His time and in His way.
And letting go is hard. There may need to be a time of grieving as you let go. There may be sadness as you give up that “thing” of which you were so sure. There may be fear as you fall into the unknown.
But that is okay, because He is there to catch you, wipe your tears, and lead you.
He is the only thing you need to hold on to. Because He is the only thing that is constant.
I’m Letting GoFrancesca Battistelli
My heart beats, standing on the edge
But my feet have finally left the ledge
Like an acrobat
There’s no turning back
I’m letting go
Of the life I planned for me
And my dreams
I’m losing control
Of my destiny
It feels like I’m falling and that’s what it’s like to believe
So I’m letting go
This is a giant leap of faith
Trusting and trying to embrace
The fear of the unknown
Beyond my comfort zone
Giving in to your gravity
Knowing You are holding me
I’m not afraid
Feels like I’m falling and that’s what it’s like to believe
Feels like I’m falling and this is the life for me