“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Faith.

Not seen. Have faith in things we cannot see? That seems hard for me. That feels like a battle of my flesh and my personality. I am a planner and organizer to the max. I know that God has gifted me with those strengths, but I also know it crosses the line into fear and not trusting in Jesus. When is my motivation to plan and organize coming from a fearful heart? A worried and doubtful heart?

I know in these moments, I lose trust in the character of God and who He promises He is. The man I know He is. I lose this because I start taking control, I start planning, and I do it all out of my own strength all in fear that God might not be who He says He is this time. Just this one time, I tell myself, ‘what if’…and I go down a road that leads nowhere but terrifying.

I want to solve every scenario and plan to the very last detail, almost leaving God no room to move, no room to show up. How do I expect Him to do what He does when I don’t have anything for Him to work with?

How do I let go and trust God with it ALL, not some, but all of my life. All of my emotions. My thoughts. My plans. My heartache.

He really wants control. He really wants full reigns on my life, because He’s the most loving God who has the BEST for me. Its the most beautiful, life-giving, mind-blowing journey we could ever ask for, and he wants full control simply so we can be deeply loved and give that love back to Him. He eagerly desires to see the fullness of our destinies come true, but we have to let Him do it His way, not ours.

What a beautifully sweet thing! We get to hand over our lives to the creator, our best friend, the one who loves us deeper and wider and stronger than we ever imagined.

I so easily try and grab control every which way, especially when the path isn’t clear and the journey is hazy, I quickly fear and immediately jump into my own skin to ‘figure it out’. God has been so lovingly teaching me this is not trust—this is not letting Him lead me and walk beside me.

If we are really honest with ourselves, it is uncomfortable sometimes. To have faith is not settling for our flesh. Its the opposite of having it all together and perfectly planned.

Friends, God wants room to move. Will we give it to Him? Will we believe for Him to do what He pleases? Joyfully and eagerly? Will we let him really, really take it all? The worries, the heartache, the future, the bills, the relationships—do we trust Him enough to hand it ALL over and be released from carrying it?! What a beautifully sweet thing! We get to hand over our lives to the creator, our best friend, the one who loves us deeper and wider and stronger than we ever imagined.

Father, we hand over the details to you, we hand over the plans and our own ability to try and figure it all out. We just want to love you Jesus, and give you all we have. Help us let go Jesus, help us really live a fully abandoned, devoted life to you, believing in your promises and your character all the days of our lives! Amen.

Photo graciously provided by Tim Parkinson from Flickr and edited by Calvin Hanson

Sarah Little
likes to write about testimonies of the Lord, what He is teaching & revealing to her and how He is challenging her. Her and her husband Chris live in Pennsylvania.