Sunday, February 21, 2010

Let go, and let God

We all know the Mother Goose story of Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall and had a great fall, but how many of us have thought about what this story is trying to teach us about pride and on whom we rely on for help when we fall.

"All the kings horses, and all the kings men, couldn't put Humpty together again." Note that in this scenario, Humpty was relying upon men of the flesh, and of course his fall was so great that they could not fix him.

How often do we look to the arm of flesh first to put us back together again when we get hurt, when we make mistakes, when we feel helpless.

Our world today is filled with lawyers, doctors, therapists, financial gurus, whom we all seem to turn to first when we have a problem. Yes, these options can help us and if used correctly, can favor and benefit us, but why not first turn to the one who created us and who knows us better than we know ourselves, and better yet, who knows us better than what a text book taught these lawyers, doctors, therapists, financial gurus about how to "fix" problems.

In the story of the ten lepers, we know that only one came back to give praise to the Savior who had healed him. All 10 were healed skin deep, but only one had the faith to be made whole. Being made whole is much more valuable when looking into the eternities. Getting therapy for a drug problem and getting medication for an illness can heal us skin deep, but if we want lasting changes in our lives, we must look to the one who created all things for true healing.

A friend once told me about an immense struggle she had recently had. Her husband was almost done with his pHD, and a few months before the program ended, the program was shut down and thus he was unable to complete his degree, after all that hard work and money...they lost it all, and had three children. Although anger filled their hearts and the temptation to sew the professor who ended the program was great, they felt great peace as they kneeled before their maker, even God the Father, and felt they should move out west and not pursue a law case again the university. As she told me and other women this story, two other women remarked that they would have sewed, that they didn't deserve to be treated that way, and that in order to move on with their lives, it would have been better to get compensated and get what they "deserved."

Well this woman who had been wronged was wise, and simply replied that she felt at peace with what they did. Today, her husband has a wonderful secure job that he loves, they just bought a beautiful new home, and they are expecting their fourth child. Best of all, they are happy and feel truly at peace and healed from the wrongs that were done against them.

What good does it do to get revenge against those who have wronged us? Does it really solve the problem? No, it certainly does not. Only He who created us can stand as a judge of any situation, because only He knows our hearts. Instead, let go and let God. use the atonement that was done on our behalf to unload our burdens and feel whole again...and let God do what he will with those who have wronged you.

Life is like a big stage. We all have a time and a role to play when our scene comes up. When issues arise, don't look to the other actors on stage for guidance and direction, but rather look at the one who directs and finances the whole production. Rely on God, and not in the flesh.

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