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Let Go Of The Ropes by Lori Ann Leigh
September 2, 2014

Imagine standing harnessed at the top of a high vertical cliff -100ft up, facing backwards, with your heels hanging over the edge and the long-haired instructor holding you – wearing flip-flops and a muscle shirt no less says “Okay lean back and– JUMP!”.

As I tentatively took my first jump, with legs shaking from fear, I came back down – not on my feet so that my body was perpendicular to the cliff, but I smacked full-body right into the cliff.The instructor looks down at me and yells “You need to let go of the rope”

Rock ClimbingYOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!  I’m clinging to the rope so I don’t plunge to my death and he wants me to let go?  So I try again ---JUMP---SMACK right into the cliff again (I’m a slow learner).  

The instructor yells down at me again, this time a little more assertively “Let go of the rope”.  So I try again – slowly letting go of the rope—this time my feet contacting the vertical slope of the cliff. 

It seemed the more control I had (or tried to have) the more I failed.

The more control I gave up the more I succeeded. Do you ever feel like that?  The harder you try the worse you do? See, my journey in my faith has been much like this.  I’m a bit of a skeptic at heart – I’m suspicious by nature – not easily convinced and I hang onto a lot of ropes!  If you are like me, you like to have control of things: finances, health, children, relationships, employment, to name a few.  Yet sometimes the more I try and cling to these “ropes” the worse things get.  Hanging onto these “ropes” causes me worry and anxiety and yet God tells us not to be anxious and to not worry (Philippians 4:6).

Jesus wants us to let go of our ropes and lay our burdens at his feet and trust him. After all he knows “the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).   He beckons us to “Come to [him], all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew11:28). The decision to not let go of our ropes is the decision to not trust God.  To not trust that he has our best interests at heart and to not trust that he “can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

This fall I am having to let go of a big “rope” as my son heads to university.  While I desperately want to cling to that “rope”, I know that I must entrust him to God’s care.  How will I do this? By continually praying and giving my fears and anxiety to God.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

What ropes are you hanging onto?  Isn’t it time to let go and let God?  

Lori-Ann Leigh

Dear Heavenly Father,  

Thank you Lord for your control over our lives  You do know the plans you have for us, and they are good plans: plans to prosper, plans for hope and plans for a future.    Help me Father to grow in my trust, so I can let go of my life and the lives of those I love into your trustworthy hands.  As we enter into the month of September, I pray for all the women coming to the simulcast who are in a season of change; where our God is calling for an increase in faith, and courage to let go and jump.    Help each one of us to trust, and to open our hands and let go.  In Jesus' precious name, amen.

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