Free-Fall - Up To Know Good

Free Fall
Up To Know Good

September 26, 2007

end of my rope

I acquired my first teaching job a week before my college graduation. Proudly I told my professors and parents of my achievement. Less than a year later, however, my employer requested my resignation.

The workload had been incredibly stressful, so I gladly turned in my notice. Though happy to be leaving, I doubted my talent as a teacher and felt like a failure. I had three months to fulfill my contract and find one of the scarce music teaching positions for the next school year. Would I make it?

As I sat on my couch one night, I begged to know, "God, what am I going to do?" I saw a picture of myself clinging to the end of a huge rope, and I heard God whisper in my heart, "Let go."

"No," came my simple response. "Let go," God urged me again, and the picture in my mind zoomed out to reveal a large Hand just beneath me. In my heart, I surrendered and let go of my worry, fear, and prideful independence.

That steady Hand didn't catch me right away. For awhile, I felt like I was free-falling, but by the end of the school year, I landed. I had a new job, a new home, and a new roommate. God had faithfully met every need I had - especially my need to practice trusting Him more than myself.

"Trust steadily in God," Paul told the Corinthians. Click here to read more. At times I still forget that I need to trust God, not myself, to take care of me. When I realize that I am struggling and worried, I imagine letting go of that rope and free-falling back into the sure Hand of God.

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