Be Still. Let go, and Let God (Psalm 46:10)
Are you a planner? I am. My entire adult life I have grappled with the illusion of control. I plan ahead, create contingency plans, a backup for my backup, and rely on calendars to help keep me on track and focused. One of the many things that I was not prepared for was the total elimination of foresight. Planning a safe and fulfilling school year with absolutely no concept of what lies ahead, or what one day to another will look like, is quite possibly one of the hardest things I have been challenged with. It makes me think of children who do not know what their fall has in store, what their birthday will look like, or when they will get to see their friends, or maybe even their grandparents. I think of parents who are juggling finances, working, parenting, and doing it all in the same world of “what ifs”. The weight is heavy on shoulders, and loud in our minds.
If ever there was a time to lean on scripture more, it is now. For our own well-being, we all need to find the things that we can “let go.” When I feel myself slip into a panic, and the what ifs start to overtake my thinking, I remember what is says in Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still.” There is nothing that worry and panic are going to help. Peace can only come when we exhale. Right now, we all need to “let God.” Allow time to breathe, not gasp. Be still and let the air in, and then feel the relief of letting it out. Let us not forget that control is not a tangible nor achievable object. If we are too busy wondering what tomorrow will bring, before we know it, we will have used up all our tomorrows and missed the todays. It is okay to let go.
Dr. Leanne Badham
Director of Precious Cargo Academy
Activities for Home:
Throw a Disney Frozen-Themed Party! Try balling up newspaper or old papers to create “snowballs” that you can toss. Make a special snowman-themed snack with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzel sticks for arms. Watch the movies and listen to the soundtrack – especially the “Let it Go” song!
Make easy salt dough! Mix together flour, salt, and warm water to create a soft, moldable salt dough. Try flattening the dough out and making impressions like fossils; you can use play animals, leaves, pinecones, or even cookie cutters.
For those struggling to let go:
Dear Lord, help us to Be Still. Guide us during this time and help us to let go and lean on You. Amen.