I’m realizing I’m such a results driven person. I need numbers, stats, and visual proof that things are happening. I long to know that the labor of what is being sowed is fruitful. Oh how I wish I could let this go because I know it makes me crazy. Not like pycho-crazy — but like that scary crazy in your head that gets dizzying day after day.
Do find yourself craving results too?
You plant, scatter seed, write, work, minister, work for a boss or raise a family all the while craving to see the fruit of your labor. You stretch and crave to see results. Then you soon find yourself frustrated and tired.
It’s hard to work so diligently on something and then surrender it and let go of results. But that’s what God calls us to do. He expects us to work and plant seed, but to remember that He is in charge from that point forward. Results and all!
Why do we try so hard to manufacture results? It’s exhausting. It’s tiring and wears out the best of us.
It’s time to surrender.
On the few times I’ve gotten this surrender thing right, there’s a precious rest that comes. When I’ve reluctantly taken my eyes off the results and looked upward only to God, a sweetness fills my soul. When I quit counting numbers and looked towards heaven here on earth in God’s beautiful people and creation — my soul can breathe, rest, and relax in the journey.
Sometimes it’s so hard for us to give up that tight grip we have on the goal and loosen our hold to let God take over. But releasing those muscles that want to hang on is freeing.
And in the letting go, a heavenly rest comes.
A rest from trying.
A rest from perfection.
A rest from striving.
A rest of the soul!
Are you ready for a heavenly rest?