One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glittering toy was lost.
And I walked earth's highways, grieving,
In my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting,
"Lift those empty hands to Me!"
So I held my hands toward Heaven
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches
Till they could contain no more.
And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God COULD not pour His riches
Into hands already full!
(c) 1964, Martha Snell Nicholson from "Ivory Palaces"
(c) 2002, taken from "Hold Nothing Back-How Sacrificial Obedience Leads To Intimacy With God" by Alicia Williamson
Let Go and Let God--Have you ever thought about the concept of not being able to receive something into your life, because it is are already too full? I hadn’t (well I hadn’t thought it applied to me anyway), until I read the book “Hold Nothing Back.” Where I continue to try to juggle all my responsibilities, my job, my family, church, etc. God is there attempting to fill my life with what He desires. “I don’t have room for anything else,” I exclaim. “Please God, don’t you see how busy I am?” The simple fact is that He does see and He does understand…but He’s still waiting for me to grasp the idea that what I have chosen to pick up and fill my life with may or may not be what He has chosen for me. He is waiting for me to open my arms, let everything drop and then allow Him to pick up what I should be holding on to…leaving the other things on the ground and thus having extra room to receive more, more from Him. Only this time, more will be much easier for me to juggle, easier for me to maintain and much more of a blessing in my life (and probably those around me).
It’s hard to let go of certain things. After all, we have responsibilities, we have commitments, we have some things that just can’t be dropped. Oh no! There is nothing that you can’t drop, as long as God is in it. He continues to pound that into my head. “But wait God, who will do it if I don’t?” I ask. “Maybe it doesn’t need to be done…or perhaps I’ll give it back to you…or there are others, I’m just waiting for you to let go so that I can spread it around.” He says to me. Geeze, this is harder than I thought—letting go.
But I know if I want to be blessed, if I want to receive from God, I have to be willing to meet him with open arms…empty arms. Wait, that means I have to let go of things I really even enjoy! That’s shocking. God, are you sure about this concept? Is it a proven concept or simply a theory?
Like the poem says “With my stupid mind…and dull—God cannot pour His riches into hands already full.” OK, I get it…it’s gonna take longer than I thought, but I think I may be grasping this, a little at a time. Sure am glad He is patient though.....© Shanna Hoskison 2.19.03