Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader
There are times when, I confess, the world confounds me. With raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, huge earthquakes and threats of nuclear war, this is one of those times. It’s not easy for me to acknowledge that I am out of control, but when I look at what’s happening today, I have no choice but to resign myself to that fact.

 The phrase “Let Go and Let God” popped into my head a few days ago and, although I remember first hearing it when I was in high school, it’s been dogging me since it reemerged. What once seemed like a trite way to tell uptight school kids to chillax now feels more like an unequivocal command. What does it mean to “Let Go and Let God” in the context of today’s unpredictable and volatile world? Well, although I still have more questions than answers, I’d like to share what it means to me and how this little phrase is going to help me move through my tumultuous life right now.

 “Let Go” to me means give up control. Give up knowing. Give up understanding. Give up trying to bend anything to my will. I am not in charge. I am not even vaguely on the chain of command these days beyond my own tiny personal sphere of influence, which apparently is waning because even my two crotchety cats don’t seem to listen to me either. If I continue to try to exert my authority on the universe, I will only find myself more out of sorts and further out of control. As the computer learned by playing tic-tac-toe in War Games, the only winning move is not to play.

“And Let God” is even more difficult. Not only must I stop trying to exert influence but I must also trust that God has my back. God, however incomprehensible to me, is divinely right all the time. God doesn’t need to take a Mulligan. Everything is - and everyone is - doing what they are supposed to do, whether I like it, understand it, control it, or not. And lately, there’s a lot more not than anything else.

The most challenging part of growing up in life is, well, growing up in life. I can’t stomp my feet and pout. I can’t exclaim, “Not fair!” That’s something that applies to growing up in Christianity too, I’m discovering. It’s not for me to make judgment calls or fix everybody’s boo-boos or decide who’s right and good and who’s wrong and bad.

Stephen Ministers are trained to “walk the walk” with those who are hurting from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that go along with the human experience. They know what questions to ask to create the mental and emotional space to begin learning how to cope with the often incomprehensible. If you could use someone to help you “Let Go and Let God,” a Stephen Minister might be just right for you.