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Lay It before God as His Will

As I opened the cabinet doors my eyes fell on the glassware my mother had accumulated over the years. It was an eclectic mix of both modern and antique. I recognized everyday pieces that functioned well and held up under routine use, but behind those pieces sat some extremely fragile glassware that at one time donned the shelves of my grandmother’s home.

My mother had died and I was left to sort through her things. I dreaded this day. I was hoping somehow it would take care of itself. As I stood in her kitchen my mind’s echo of the sound of her footsteps on the hardwood floor promised to bring her whisking back into the room. But it was not to be.

Memories rushed in as I sorted the glassware, discarding what I considered of little value and keeping the more sentimental and priceless pieces. I couldn’t help but feel like I was sorting through the remnants of her life. It was hard to face the fact that she wouldn’t be coming home, but it was time to move forward. So I sorted and I packed. When I was finished I walked out of an empty apartment, closed the door behind me, and headed off to the local thrift store.

Sometimes God brings us to a place where we need to let go and move forward.

“… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV.

Sometimes we need to accept the fact that things have changed and our will may be at odds with His.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2 NIV.

Just like I packed up even the most fragile of my mother’s belongings and took them to the thrift store, we need to pack up our most fragile dreams and desires and take them to our Heavenly Father, always keeping in mind He desires the very best for us.

Holding on to my mother’s things could never bring her home. She was in the presence of Jesus, healed and whole. God’s will was for her to go even though I desired for her to stay.

Points to Ponder

Are you holding on to something that’s keeping you from accepting God’s will?

Has He brought you to the place where you need to pack up your desires and embrace His?

Is Jesus asking you to lay them at His feet so that He can move you from your past toward your purpose?

If so, then Dear One, take it to Jesus once and for all; He has a wonderful future in store for His children.

Prayer

Dear Lord, Help me place those hard-to-let-go-of desires in your loving hands. Forgive me for stubbornly wanting what I want and not releasing my will to yours. Thank you for allowing me to realize your desires are always better than mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Copyright © 09/06/2014 Carla G. Pollard. Used by permission.

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