Remember that song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen"? How could you forget it, right? There are parodies of it everywhere. Every time I turn around, someone is sharing a new version of that song. Yesterday, I ran across this version for moms, which is hysterical. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth your time.
As much as I enjoyed this parody, the whole time I was watching it, I kept hearing this little voice say, "That's what I want you to do: Let it go." As moms, a lot of times our biggest issue is control. We want to be in charge. We want to be able to control every little thing that happens to our kids. We want to protect them from harm. We want to keep them from failure. We want to do everything we can to give them every opportunity possible. We want to be in control.
Unfortunately for us control freaks, we can't control everything. We can't protect our kids from skinning their knees, failing a test, or people that wound with their words. We have to let our kids go and trust that God has them in the palm of His hand.
Verse after verse in the Bible has God telling us to "let it go." "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
God wants us to let go of our tightly held need for control because He is the one really in control. He wants us to know that He's got whatever situation is facing us or our kids in His control. When we try to control everything, we just smother our kids and deny them the opportunity to mature both emotionally and spiritually. We can't control everything that comes into our kids' worlds, and when we try, we stress ourselves out and cause our kids to miss out on opportunities to learn.
So, sweet mom, today I urge you to sing your own version of this song, and let it go. Whatever it is that you're holding on to with closed fists, let it go. Whatever it is you're trying unsuccessfully to control, let it go.
Because God can't work if we're in the way. God can't show us His power and grace in a difficult situation if we refuse to let go of the reins.
Today, when you find yourself holding onto control of an uncontrollable situation, let it go. God's got this.