Take It Off

The larva sheds her skin and the butterfly emerges.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as that.

The key to letting go of sadness, unforgiveness and resentment can rest in just walking away as one takes off a mask that has become uncomfortable–letting go of the skin that once held us.

Yet to my dismay, I find that at times, I want to hold on. I find myself making it difficult.

But listen, o my soul: your freedom rests on the other side of that door.

All you need to do is walk out and walk in. Out of darkness into light. Out of sadness into joy. Walk out of bondage into surrender. It is called letting go. It is called letting God.

Like shedding uncomfortable clothes at the end of the long day and replacing them with a pair of sweats and favorite sweater–comfort that releases tension, comfort that helps breathe.

The shedding of what we know can be scary. And painful. Unfamiliar. Letting go is like stepping into into life at a new level, like stepping into a new world.  Everything feels different, looks different, functions differently. And all the rules are new. Like toddlers, I learn again how to crawl, and walk and run in the freedom of heart that is on the other side of that door.

And even though the heaviness of the load held on to for so long leaves a mark on my soul, the breathing gets deep and fulfilling all the way down to my toes–and the smile emerges. The soul-scar just reminds me that surrender is my fate.

Surrender is the core of my victory. Surrender is the purity of my joy.

I lay down and close my eyes. And smile.

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17 comments

  1. Ohhh… I love this… Surrendering when our flesh wants to hold tight, maintain (faux) control, and fertilize seeds we don’t need (bitterness, resentment)… oh so worth it. There really is great comfort in letting go. Great post. Thanks for linking up with Into the Word Wednesday. 🙂

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  2. I find myself dwelling in a season of ‘holding on’. God’s trying to teach me about letting go – it seems every time I turn around he sends a reminder.

    Thanks for the reminder today!

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  3. Beautiful! It is so much harder to hold on, yet we yearn to control. I love the picture your words gave about taking off clothes to welcome sweats and a favorite sweater! 🙂 Thank you for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him! Blessings sis!

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  4. Isn’t it crazy that sometimes we find a particular comfort in our sin…to the anger or bitterness, the sadness or bitterness that we hold so close? But to leave it off and find more of ourselves in Christ than in a particular instant of our life or circumstance…that is when they beauty of Christ emerges.
    Lovely post and timely for me to read 🙂

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  5. Oh my goodness yes! This is something I struggle with so much. And something I know I have to do. I know that with surrender comes freedom, but it is so hard to let go. Thank you for such a thoughtful post. And for linking up with NOBH! Smiles –

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