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The sight of my 20 months old trying unsuccessfully to wiggle out of the tight
embrace of his 6 years old sister always gets me cracking with laughter. I
can perceive the unsaid words of my daughter by her determined stance of
“I must grab you by all means” and the struggling toddler screaming
loudly through his unclear words “let go of me”. This struggle is
usually a sight to behold and the bond between these two is  beyond my understanding (story for another
Didi, my 6 years old is the first name Seddie mutters when he calls out for a
playmate. This call is usually responded to with a happy squeal and a
playful leap. This reaction from Didi ignites a deep throaty laughter
in him, leading to the eye twinkling “I want more” look from
him. In spite of this bond, my 20 months wants to establish his independence as
a grown ‘baby’ without any tight embrace or any attempt at lifting him
without his consent. His will is  resilient
and his determination is strong. He is a ‘one man squad’, who isn’t afraid of
challenging his older siblings, his age notwithstanding.
Ain’t we grateful that God doesn’t grab us this way when he wants us to do his will?
Lol! Knowing that His name is the first word on our lips when we are happy, sad
or in trouble? This same name also punctuates all the ‘ups’ and ‘downs of
our daily lives. If God grabs us to do His bidding like Didi does to
Seddi, I can only imagine the outcome of such encounter.
Isn’t it amazing the way God gives us freedom to make our choices even when His will

clearly communicated and impressed upon our hearts. God allows us err in our
choices thus causing us to learn through the process of personal experience and
other occurrences in our lives.

Our best encounters happens when we are totally reliant on God, remember the story
of Elijah and his servant who was petrified at the number of soldiers that
surrounded them in the book of 2 Kings 6 v 15. His master was however calm
because he knew the company of God’s army that surrounded him (2 Kings 6 v 17).

Total reliance and confidence in God leads us into this blessed assurance.
Are you struggling with a major decision, aliment, financial commitment, stagnant
business or troublesome child?  Can you
take a leave from your ‘self-help’ strategies and rely totally on God? Today, I
write to encourage you to let go and allow God step in fully into that
difficult situation. Isn’t it obvious that your ‘power’ has not yielded the
desired result?
“…in returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be
your strength… ” Isaiah 30 v 15
May God help us to be completely reliant on Him and may our eyes be open see the
power that we have been freely given.
I leave you with the words of Marianne Williamson;
Our deepest fear is
not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask
ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small
does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as
children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light
shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are
liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Let Go people! Let
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