Letting Go: A young women’s journey to finding complete identity in Christ

This article was originally published in The Virtuous Daughter Magazine. Written by myself, and my best friend, Juliana Ebersole.

Imagine with us for a moment, if you would, that you are in a comfortable, deep sleep, and you are dreaming a glorious dream. In this dream, you are clothed in magnificent beauty of a white flowing gown, sewn with silver thread. You feel like a princess. Suddenly, you hear the sound of hoof beats, and you glance up. From a distance, you see shining armor and a gallant, sturdy man.  He is riding atop the most beautiful white horse you have ever seen, and your heart is already flying to him. But then as he comes closer, you begin to notice more things. His armor isn’t shining. It’s rusty and tarnished. The horse isn’t white; it’s grey with a shaggy mane. And what happened to the handsome knight? He’s old and ugly.

That Flameless Fire

We all have dreams. Dreams of adventure, dreams of boys, dream of who you’d like to be, what you’d like to do.   But what if the same thing happens to you as what happened in the dream? What if when we take flight, we fall?  Life is so full of opportunities, but all you see is a flameless candle.  You feel pointless. Flameless. Void of any meaning. You feel no passion. You feel no meaning. To where do you turn? To where do you run?

Igniting the Flame

As it says in John 15:5, we are the branches, God is the vine. Everything we do should be an outflow of Him. And without that True Vine, we are pointless. We are flameless. Void of any meaning.  We all must come to a point at our life where we see that without Jesus, we are living our life in vain. But what can we do? God is the Almighty Creator of the world, but the amazing thing is that while He is the Almighty Creator of the world, He still chose to create you, and because of that, we believe that He has a very special purpose in store for you. As it says in Ephesians 1:11, ”In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.”(NIV)  See, before you were even born, God had your life planned out. He has a very specific purpose for you, and yet He has given you the power to choose whether or not to take His purpose. God has a beautiful story in store for you. And all you have to do is let go and say “yes.”

Setting it Ablaze

So what now? What does it mean to “let go”? It means laying everything—ideas, plans, hopes, dreams, everything—at the altar. Cutting loose of the ties that bind you—guilt, worry, pain, sorrow— and trusting in God to take it all and transform it. We must not simply try to brush these things off into the wind, because they will eventually boomerang and come back to us. We need to pick them up and place them in the hand of Jesus, who is always standing there waiting. Because what do you gain if we keep those things tucked away in your heart? Ask God to search you for any hidden places, and fill every nook and cranny. Step out on Faith, and Surrender.  He is always there waiting. Even when we think we are worthless, He says we are priceless.

“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” Psalm 40:2(ESV)

Feeding that Flame

What did you do when you became a Christian? Accept the fact the Jesus paid the price for your sins and asked Him into your life? Yes, this is what we need to do. Sadly, most Christians stop there. Yet Christianity is so much more than that. It’s having a personal, connected relationship with Jesus Christ, our Relentless Lover. It’s cultivating a growing relationship with Him. Picture this: a girl just got engaged.  She is finally his. Nobody else can come and sweep her off her feet because he has. All of her friends are certain of her engagement and are joining in with preparation for her wedding day. She talks to fiancé daily, and she listens when he wants to talk. She waits eagerly for her wedding day, when she will finally be able to be at his side—forever. So who are you? Are you spoken for? Are you in a deep relationship with your First Love, Jesus Christ? Let go, and say “yes”.

 

 

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