MORE THAN A HASHTAG
Written by Matthew Colbourne
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Let go and let God?”
I feel like I’ve heard or seen it too many times to count. It is the perfect phrase for a wall decal. It’s all over social media. It will likely immediately conjure up images of the stereotypical Instagram post with a Bible (opened to the most highlighted page revealing your love and passion for the Word, a coffee cup, and a perfectly but ever so slightly tilted notepad). Of course, the post would not be complete without the relevant hashtags: #MorningsWithGod #DailyDevos #ChildOfGod. You’ve seen that post. You’ve probably done one. I probably have as well (I for sure have).
After self-reflection, I realized that "let go and let God' resounded with me because it summed up my life so far. I never wanted to actually “let go.” I never wanted to feel like my life was out of my control. In my mind, I knew that Jesus had much better ideas that I did, and yet, I would fight him with every step. I struggled with this even when I obediently went to Bible College and followed His call on my life to be a pastor. You see, my entire life was laid out. I had a plan! I had it all figured out and God was asking me to change it all. I thought my plan was right. But, the plain and simple truth that I have discovered is this: God has a plan that is much higher (and better) than mine. The scary thing is that sometimes our plans might appear to work. We might achieve an amount of worldly success when we execute our plan. But that doesn’t mean that we are right. We could just be forfeiting our soul (Mark 8:36).
But, the plain and simple truth that I have discovered is this:
God has a plan that is much higher (and better) than mine.
God, when speaking to the prophet Isaiah, said:
“…my thoughts are not your thoughts, and neither are your ways my ways…As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)
Do you believe that God has something better for your life? What if I were to somehow show you that you don’t have to struggle so hard to hold it all together? Let me help by telling you my story. I visited a church for the very first time when I was in grade ten. I was so nervous. But I had a plan. My plan was to get in, see what they did and get out as fast as possible. But God had His own plan. His plan was to capture my heart. It started with the worship that drove me to my knees. Then, when they made a call at the end of service for those who needed to ask Jesus into their heart, I was absolutely compelled to go to the front. God had a plan to change my life that night.
You probably have a vision or a plan that you want to hold on to because it’s comfortable, easy, fun, adventurous or for a myriad of other reasons. God’s plan is better. Trust me, it’s better. It probably won’t be easier, but it is better. You may have heard that following after Jesus will make all of your problems disappear. That’s not true. In fact, Jesus said that there will be storms and life will be very difficult at times. But in and through those difficulties, you will have Jesus right by your side. Jesus has a purpose for your life. He has a plan! Don't let him be the co-pilot anymore. Give him permission to fly you through the storms to the amazing place that God has destined you for. You just need to “let go and let God.”
God also said, through the prophet Jeremiah:
“…I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).