We’ve always heard the phrase “let go and let God”. In our transitional, desert Land Between times following our ministry downsizing or position loss, letting go can be particularly difficult. Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) describes our problem:
“When we are fearful about tomorrow, we have a hard time hearing God, obeying Him, and letting go of what we have- whatever that might be. We struggle to trust.”
We may believe that we have nothing to offer our Lord. Yet, as Ruth reminds us, Jesus takes the simple things we offer and uses them, just as He used 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed the 5,000. Nothing we put in Jesus’ hands is too small to use. We also might hope that Jesus will directly intervene to take care of our problems. However, if He were to do that, we would be unnecessary and therefore uninvolved in the process. Jesus is looking for ways to include us, thereby affirming us.
Ruth concludes by observing what happens when we make our gifts and talents available to God:
“. . . He provides enough not just to satisfy those He sends us to help, but also to take care of us in the process.”