What are those moments in your life where you have just had to let go of all control? For me, I remember in my freshman year of college that we were all required to do various ropes course activities throughout the first semester. One day the activity was rock climbing.
We had been given training in how to use the harness, the carabiners, and the belay device. And we had been told that the system works so well that anyone could belay anyone else – the climber would remain safe.
When it was my turn to climb, I met my belay partner – a young woman who couldn’t have even weighed 100 pounds and who stood only 5 feet tall. I, on the other hand, was a 6’2” man weighing 215 pounds. So, I was a little concerned that the size difference was not going to work out well for me.
When I reached the top, they said that I needed to relax and just let go. At first, I hesitated. Then, I decided that if I was going to release control and truly engage in an act of trust, I should go full out. I spread my arms wide and leaned back with my back parallel to the ground. And, as it turns out, my trust was well placed. The woman easily lowered me to safety, and I reached the ground without a scratch. As I was being lowered, in a posture of complete surrender to what was happening, I found it to be one of the most freeing experiences of my life.
In today’s reading, Jesus, too, calls the disciples to engage in a complete act of trust. There is, of course, a time and place to engage in complete acts of trust, with certain boundaries in place. And Jesus did not make this particular request (to take nothing with you) a regular habit with the disciples.
Later, Jesus sent them out and asked them to be prepared with money, bag, and sword (Luke 22:36). So, these moments of relinquishing complete control are for a particular growth in faith. There are times it is necessary to let go of all that we can control and let God be in charge. When we do, we might just find it’s the most freeing experience we can have. And, then we will go forth prepared for the next journey God has before us.
Questions for reflection:
- What are the things in your life that you struggle to relinquish control of and to, instead, give over to God?
- What steps can you take this week to begin giving one or more of those things to God?