Cling wrap. You know…that clear plastic stuff we use to cover dishes and plates of food. Let it be known right here and right now I hate the stuff. It shouldn’t be called cling wrap. It should be called “irritating sheets of thin, transparent, worthless plastic.” Not only does it not cling to what you want it to (dishes and plates and bowls), it clings to what you do not want it to (mainly itself). It drives me crazy. If a product is called CLING wrap, isn’t it supposed to cling appropriately?
I shall get off of my high horse now…
Cling. The word means to adhere closely, hold tight, cleave, and remain attached. When I think of clinging, I quickly think of magnets, clothes with static, and childhood best friends.
Let me ask you a question. What do you find yourself clinging to? I know what your first reaction might be. You don’t cling to anything, right? But think again. How about your hopes? Your agenda? Your desire for control? Your plans? Your strength? Your intellect? Your money? Your secure job? Your creativity? Your gifts? Your passions? Your skill set? Your terms?
Are there any of these you are holding a little too tightly to?
About a year and a half ago, I would have agreed with you that I don’t really cling to anything. Then God got in my face and challenged me on that. It wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t really taken a serious look at what God might be wanting. After all, I was doing good, godly, spiritual things. I was serving Him. I was telling people about Him. Why wouldn’t God agree with my plan? Why wouldn’t He agree with my agenda? Why wouldn’t He agree with me using the gifts that He gave me to use? Why wouldn’t He continue to use me in the way I wanted, hoped for, and longed for? (Do you catch the uses of I, me, and my in that paragraph?)
Could it be that I was grasping and clinging to what I wanted?
Listen to what Jesus said in Luke 17:33. “If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms” (The Message).
Yep, this is exactly what happened to me–grasping and clinging to what I wanted. And like I said it wasn’t pretty. The loss of “life on my terms” was painful. It meant giving up my hopes, my dreams, my plans, my agenda, my gifts, my passion, and everything that went along with that. But in exchange for that loss, and through a process of pruning and waiting and rearranging, God has blessed me with life on His terms.
Just like the cling wrap, we don’t adhere closely to the things we should. And unfortunately, like the cling wrap, we hold too tightly to the things we shouldn’t (i.e. ourselves). And in our clinging, or failure to cling, we miss out on life on God’s terms.
Could it be that God is getting in your face about your clinging?
Could it be that He is challenging you as well?
Is He calling you to stop grasping and clinging to life on your terms?
Might it be time to let go of what you want?
Is it time to sacrifice your desires?
Hold on loosely to life on your terms, friends. Let go of that life. The Holy Spirit of God is waiting for you to step out of the way so He can go to work.Open yourselves up to life–abundant life–on God’s terms.