Loosening our grip

Are you the kind of person who throws their hands up on a roller coaster? Or like me, do you cling to the bar like your life depends on it? As though, my arms will ensure that the bar doesn’t move and keeps me safe. I wonder if we do this with other things.

  • When we are afraid, what do we cling to?
  • Do we cling to knowledge?
  • Do we cling to the hope of a politician?
  • Do we cling to our family and friends?
  • Do we cling to money?
  • Do we cling to our health?

None of these can keep us safe or offer us peace. Our true hope and peace is in Christ.

And I know this, but still when I’m roller coaster of life, I find myself clinging to other things. It makes me feel safer to hold something in my hands, to be able to grasp it and believe it is what I need. I think it’s sometimes hard to see when we are clinging to things other than God though. We think that the knowledge we cling to is God – or at least from God. We can think our hope in a politician, our family and friends, our money, and our health are from God. And they may well be. But they are not Him. And I wonder if when we hold too tightly to these things that we are certain are from God, we aren’t God to draw near to us because there’s too much in the way?

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” -Psalm 62:1-2

This song speaks to where our hope can be found. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvFtXphmMU

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