Friday, September 19, 2014

N I N E T E E N | Hands Wide Open

The Blog-tember Challenge has reached day nineteen, and we've tackled a wide range of prompts thus far. So today I'm channeling my inner Humans of New York for this one. I am fascinated by his blog/endeavor and have followed it for several years; if you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here. A photographer spends his days in NYC taking pictures of people and asking the big questions. Today's prompt is one of those.

Today's prompt: If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?

Photo Credit: Stef Krach

I'd like to think that if I was ever stopped on the street by HONY, I would be charming and well-spoken, insightful and profound. In all honesty, I'd probably be very flustered, say something embarrassing, and think of a dozen great things to say on the walk back home. I should have seen this prompt coming since, you know, I put it on the list, but for the longest time I racked my brain for an answer.  Then I stumbled upon this quote and it resonated so deeply with me I simply had to share it.

“When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don’t think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small.” ~Angela Thomas


Honestly, I'm a white knuckle grip kind of girl. I'm a planner and a perfectionist who likes to knows what's coming and how to get there. I want to dig roots deep and build a life for myself, tacking a 10 year plan on the fridge and checking off boxes each day. But that's not how life works. It's not how God operates. 

If I've learned anything over the past few years it's that He is able to bring His plans into completion when we completely release the crutches we've made for ourselves. He doesn't ask us to throw all our dreams out the window, but to instead submit them to Him and trust Him with the days to come. If we hold those dreams and desires with open hands, we are already in a heart posture to lift them up. 

One of my favorite songs is "Nothing I Hold Onto" by Will Reagan. It played a huge part in my decision to move to Seattle after college, and any time I hear it I am reminded that He is trustworthy with the things we carry deep in our hearts. 

So my advice to you: hold everything with open hands. Trust Him every step of the way, knowing that He sees the bigger picture even when we're focused on the minuscule moment right in front of us.

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