We all know those crazy little wicker-y things that we would get in birthday party loot bags as youth. Chinese finger traps. You would stick a finger into each side of the contraption and BAM! You were stuck. If you tried to pull your fingers to free them, the trap would tighten itself like a boa constrictor. The more you tried to break free, the more it would constrict and hold captive your fingers.
The only way out of the terror was to LET GO. Let it go loose and stop pulling so hard. Put your fingers at ease and you could then gently break free.
I am not sure how my thought process was directed to Chinese finger traps…truly there is no telling. Then I got to thinking…
In my many struggles lately I have found that the more I try to do to pick up the pieces of life or to fix what is broken, the more broken things seem to become. I have a best friend who keeps reminding me to let God do the work and for me to sit still…that is something I have never been good at doing. But it makes sense…like the Chinese finger traps.
The more I am pulling the strings of my life trying to put things back together, the tighter life seems to be constricting around me. It is frustrating…overwhelming…disappointing…maddening! (Just like those stupid little wicker-y torture contraptions!)
It is my time, once again, to LET GO and LET GOD. To surrender my intents to the will of God. It is His plan anyways…not sure why I keep trying to take control. It is my human habit to try and take control, especially when I feel like I have no control over anything around me.
But God has a plan for me (AND for YOU). In order for me to be free of my own finger trap, I have to relax, have faith, and let go of my own futile efforts. I have to let God take control.
When I relax in His spirit, His Divine Presence will come into my life and fill me. The binds of my own traps will fall free from me and I will not feel constricted…I will feel free.