Letting Go Creates Beautiful Stories
Posted August 4, 2021 by Theresa Miller
Categories: Featured, Sister Post
Letting Go Creates Story
“I know I’ll cry when he walks me down the aisle to my seat, the way I cried when I walked down the isle on my wedding day. I know I’ll be a mess when we dance our mother/son dance at the reception, which is why we will swing dance and laugh, too. I know our children—his five siblings—will cry throughout the week like they did when he went off to college. But I want them to know through my tears and their own that it’s okay to cry. Crying is beautiful.”
Embracing change can be hard. I’ve cried many tears through change, but we were made for this. We were made to allow God to mature and change us through our tears. It opens the door to newness of life and beauty. The tears and laughter that go along with the process of letting go create the stories of our lives.”
Letting Go is Letting God
My mother-in-law sits bravely with her mother as I write, and her mother’s body fails. She describes this side of letting go like agony in the wait.
It is a process, this letting go. We know full well that it is not a one time deal when a child leaves home or when we marry one off. Letting go is multifaceted and one of the hardest things we do over and over again until the very end.
Yet on the other side of letting go is much joy, freedom, beauty and life lived well. Letting go is a process from the time a child enters this world to the point one leaves. It can feel like the hardest thing we must do in this life, yet letting go is beautiful when we allow that process to unfold.
Ultimately, letting go is (bravely) letting God take the reins and trusting Him completely with our stories.
Letting Go Means Surrender
Brain surgery taught me the meaning of letting go. Letting go has meant surrendering to God’s will. It doesn’t always look like we think it should. I have learned that in order for God to really work in my life and to experience His peace, I need to give over my thoughts and ideas of what I think the outcome should be in a certain situation. When we let go, there is always something greater waiting.
Letting Go is Embracing What Is
The process of letting go begins the moment you start anything new: a job, birth of a child, graduations, weddings, and even aging. Letting go is accepting what was, embracing what is, and being excited for what is still to come. When we can look back at all that we have learned and accomplished, the letting go process makes sense.
We must find the gift in the letting go process even when it’s tough. Perspective often plays a role in our ability let go and be excited about what is to come. Embrace change with the knowledge that no matter how much we fret, worry, or attempt to control, we are not in control.
Lean in, love deeply, keep an open heart and let hope lead you in the unknowns. Letting go is part of our stories.
What has letting go meant for you? We invite you to share in the comments.