Powerless, Yet Powerful

Powerless, Yet Powerful

Powerless, Yet Powerful

I wrote a note to myself today and put it on my refrigerator. When I felt overwhelmed with emotion, I stopped working, walked over to the refrigerator, and read it out loud, then went back to work. This happened at least a dozen times today. Out of respect, I will leave out the details and edit the note a bit, but I wanted to share it here in case you find yourself in a situation that you can’t fix, no matter how hard you try.

Sometimes we are not supposed to fix. Sometimes we are supposed to let go and trust God to take care of it/him/her/them/us, etc.

This is an incredibly hard lesson to learn, especially if you’ve been in the habit of (or unhealthy obsession with) fruitless attempts to fix.

It is what it is, not what it should or could or would be if…

It is what it is.

Stop obsessing.

There is nothing you can do or say to change this.

You are powerless in this situation.

You only have power to help yourself.

Trust God.

Accept reality.

Move on.

Comments
  • John Dean November 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This is a good post. Stick with it Alice. When you have no real control over a situation, leave it in God’s hands. I will continue to give you all the prayer support that I can while you make the adjustments you have to make in your life.

  • Mary Vanderplas November 8, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I like what you say about letting go and entrusting to God what we’re powerless to fix. Of course, as you point out, this is much easier said than done. Whether or not we’re in the habit of trying to fix, letting go is, I think, most of the time very hard and painful – especially when our hearts are involved. Still, I think we do well, as you suggest, to remind ourselves that it’s what we need to do, that continued efforts to change or fix are futile and perhaps even counterproductive, and that self-preservation takes precedence over continued investment out of a sense of nobility or a wishful longing for what might be.

    May you receive the measure of grace that you need for this difficult time in your life.

  • Jennie Darley November 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Very wise!

  • Jennie Darley November 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Your my hero.

  • Stephen Helbig November 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    • Stephen Helbig November 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      p.s. ~ Wisdom speaks ~

      ~ “Accept reality. Move on.” ~ Alice

      p.s.s. ~ Reality ~
      ~ Theodicy becomes… One
      ~ “ALl in ALL”

      psst. ~ Move on ~
      ~ “ring the bells that still can ring”~
      ~ {Within}
      ~ {were they are heard}

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