In 2010, I found myself in a place of turmoil while standing on the chessboard of life. My father was nearing the end of his life, and as my parents’ Power of Attorney, I was faced with unpleasant choices to make, none of which would result in a desirable outcome. Whichever way I moved resulted in me losing my dad. I was in “checkmate,” my emotions locked inside a blender. And even though I knew dad would be soon moving to Heaven because of his faith and trust in Christ alone, I experienced inner turmoil that was crushing.
Fast forward seven years to October 2017. I received a phone call from the nursing home that had cared for my mom for nine years. Upon hearing the report of mom’s failing health, I knew I was about to be placed back on life’s chessboard with similar decisions to be made. The medical staff was out of options, and no choice I could make would remedy the situation or prolong her life.
But this time, things would go differently than they did in 2010 because I recognized my need to let go of the situation and turn it over to God immediately. Colossians 2:6 was the key: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” The verse has been called “the genius of Christian living.” It gives us a side-by-side comparison regarding faith in God. How did I receive Christ? By faith. Likewise, how must I walk in Him along life’s journey? By faith! If I am able to trust Christ for safe passage onto Heaven’s shore one day in the future, shouldn’t I be able trust Him right now when I find myself standing in “checkmate?”
One of the valuable lessons God has been teaching me over the past seven years is to let go. Not knowing when it’s time to let go of a position, a dream, a situation or even a loved one whom God is calling home, will create turmoil. My friend Dr. Lehman Strauss used to say, “Hold the things God gives to you with a light hand because, one day, He will require them.” Holding on too tightly can indicate that a Christian isn’t walking by faith. It can also reveal when a believer fails to recognize the difference between ownership and stewardship. God is the permanent owner. I am the temporary steward. Claiming ownership over the wonderful things God has entrusted in my care will cause turmoil if I desperately seek to hang on to them at all cost.
So when the roof caves in, and the bottom drops out (and they will), turn matters over to God by faith. Let the event itself be the trigger to enlist God’s help in a hurry. Recognize His ownership and your stewardship. Ask for His peace to be yours in the midst of turmoil. The situation at hand is an opportunity for you to let go and take steps of faith while trusting Him.