Because What If

The fan’s blades are swirling as my eyes try to follow their circular motion.   My hand rests on the red journal that I had clung to like a third lung impossible to live without.  Under it rests the tan, journal I had dreamed in when the red journal became full.  Now, the plain chocolate brown journal with gold-edged pages lies open to the next blank page.

It feels that it’s more than just another page to fill with words, though.

I feel like my life really is opened to the next new page, yet I find myself paralyzed.

This should be exciting.  It should feel like freedom.  You should be loving to live.

Instead I feel immobilized, afraid to do anything in fear of not doing the right thing.  I am devoid of all will-power.  Where my strength evaporated to, I may never know.

Yet, as I skim my jaunty handwriting from the past, I am enveloped by a world very similar to mine currently: a world haunted by brutal self-standards, a constant need to do more and not waste my God-given time, and a deep desire to just be myself.

As words stare from both the filled page and the new blank one, I cannot help but think:

What if we truly learn to live?

The self-standards.  The fear of failure.  The obsession to be right and do right.  The mental knots we create that keep us from moving in any direction because we’ve imagined terrors and failures that will devour us if we move one step.

Why are we living like this?

Afraid.  Obsessed.  Unsure.  Insecure.  Doubting.

What would our lives look like if we learned to let go of all that’s entangling  us – if we, in fact, let go of anything except God himself.

What if we threw off everything- our own personal desires and dreams, our own rationalization and reasoning, our own goals and ambitions, our own doubts and fears, our own frustrations and self-condemnation – and only grasped to God and His truth?

 What if we took one day at a time and just loved loving God and loved living like it?

What if we said goodbye to the past as well as to slavery to the future and just followed Him in the present?

What if we learn to live, stop focusing so much on what we wish we had or what we wish we were, but focus on being all we can because He is all we need?

As I sit next to my blank journal page, I face two questions:

God, how much do I really love you?  (Because that should give me all the confidence to really live.)

God, are you enough for me? (Because why, then, would I need to grasp anything else?)

Because what if we learn to live like life is good, that the sun is shining, and that we can laugh because our Abba loves us?

Life is going to continue to be good, complicatedly beautiful, and beautifully messy whether we choose to enjoy the sun even though it burns and to feel the wind even though it stings.

We can love.  Laugh.  Learn to let go – because we are loved, delighted in, and have our ultimate burden -sin- lifted from us by the cross.

Why not, then, learn to live?

Author: Deborah Spooner || Hope Shining Blog