Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Luke 9:18-25
Choose life. Take up your cross.
God invites us to die over and over. Following Jesus means lots of death, lots of letting go. It’s all about surrender: trust in the Lord. Faced with the choice to let go again and again, I think we often fear, flee and fight. I certainly do.
Remember, for a moment, being in an ocean or a pond or a pool. Remember what it’s like floating on your back. You have to lean and let go. That’s the key: let go. The water holds us, supports our weight, if we trust and give our all. When we look up to see where we are or when we struggle, we sink, and end up thrashing or swimming. It’s only when we stop trying, when we surrender, that we float.Choose life, God says. Take up your cross. Stop trying to do it on your own. Die to yourself, your pride, your ambitions, your pain, faults, and fears. What are you fighting or fleeing from? How are you thrashing or struggling?
One way to begin letting go, to start surrendering is naming it with our lips and in our hearts. Part of the challenge of prayer is our resistance to speak with God about everything. I want to ignore much of my pain and shame. Speaking and being listened to, including by trustworthy people—God in the flesh—is healing. When we do, it feels like floating, being released and supported.
Try floating rather than fleeing or fighting. Trust the water. Trust God to support your whole weight. Choose life. Take up your cross. Float.
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