The Blessing of Letting Go

When a friend of mine with tears in her eyes lovingly let go of a lovely handmade child’s mattress her mother had made many years ago for a great grandchild, not many months after my friend’s mother went on to be with the Lord at about 95 years old, she explained how very hard it is for her to let go of stuff that for her has emotional attachments. I hesitated to take the yellow mattress from her to be used for Walk by Faith Ministry’s dogs as she had suggested, knowing full well they could destroy it in a matter of hours. Nonetheless, she insisted, explaining that she simply had to learn to let go. Little did she know the blessing – and lesson – that would come in her letting go.

Little Miss Miracles on the new “bed” – the little yellow mattress

Within 24 hours, the mattress had managed to hold upon it, not to mention provide comfort alongside it, senior disabled Little Miss Miracles with her ice cream-cone-shaped collar protecting her ear and eye that are being treated for various problems, senior Speckles who has had a double hernia for years but is managing to do well despite her slowing gait, senior Elijah who by God’s grace alone survived a horrific case of heartworm, being tied up by his back leg, and cancer, paralyzed Mr. Simeon, and paralyzed Miss Mercy.

senior Elijah enjoying “the “bed”

This might have been a record for how many special needs dogs could take advantage of a new “bed” in such a short period of time – and manage not to destroy it. I could only imagine my friend’s mother peering down from her new abode with the Lord at her little mattress made so long ago being once again put to good use. But the dogs’ enjoyment was just the beginning of the blessing, for the bigger blessing, I believe, was in the lesson that came with the mattress.

Little Miss Miracles and Speckles

When we come to acknowledge, and accept, that what God gives us through our lives is truly His and not ours, and we place what He gives us with trusting hearts back in the hands of the Lord, then we get to reap the rewards of watching how He chooses to use His provision for His Creation. When we cling so tightly to the stuff in our lives, and even the people, as many of us have been prone to do, we may lose the opportunity to watch God in His never-ending work as He shows His Creation His never-ending creativity and majesty as He bestows lovingly upon His Creation His blessed provision.

paralyzed Mr. Simeon on the “bed”

How often have I, and others no doubt, held onto gifts God has given me claiming they are MINE, MINE, MINE, when in fact all along they are His. Oh, if we would only let go! If we would only cry our little tears as my friend did for a moment or so, and release to Him what is truly above all and anything else, His. Oh, to watch God at work – even right down to a little yellow mattress now providing comfort for numerous special needs dogs as a loving woman who touched many lives has found her ultimate rest in the arms of the Lord.

paralyzed Miss Mercy and paralyzed Mr. Simeon

What is it you might be having difficulty letting go? Is it time to let go? Do you realize that thing, or that person, is His to begin with? Why not release it back into His loving hands and watch the Lord do as He desires? Why not thank Him for what He gave you and the time you had to appreciate it and enjoy it and perhaps learn from it, and place your trust in Him as He puts His plan for that thing or person into action and His always perfect will is done? Let go, my friend. Let go! Into the hands of the Lord, let go.  

Mat 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 

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