Learning to Let Go of the Pen

Pen laying on a blank page

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“He grabbed something–control cables. His legs swung loose and slammed the wall.
Where the tail should have been–nothing but open sky. ‘Dear Lord in heaven.‘ Ray grasped the cables with all his might…The only way to live was to let go…”

“Blue Skies Tomorrow” by Sarah Sundin Pages 240-241.

I finished this series the other day. It’s the story of three brothers who enter into service during WWII. They all end up falling in love and getting married over the three book series, but there’s also a lot of personal growth. Woven throughout the pages is history, faith, family, and love. Some of my favorite things. (:

The quote above reminded me of just how often I want to hang on, especially when I should let go.

For most of my life I’ve had very unrealistic expectations of how I wanted it to turn out. As I’ve grown older I can’t help but realize how far-fetched some of these expectations were. Just how silly and unlikely they are. But that never stopped me from trying to take the pen. To rewrite parts of my story, to twist things and create another version of myself one that’s adventurous, daring, and not terrified to fly.

In reality, that’s not who I am. I love to spend time with family. To watch movies, cook, bake, talk, and laugh ’till our sides hurt and we can’t breathe. I enjoy hiking, but I don’t like unfenced rocky cliffs, and gravel. I’m learning to enjoy homesteading. Growing your own food and preserving it. I’m not yet sold on a freeze dryer, but do enjoy the benefits of vacuum sealing a dozen cookies every now and then. As much as live chickens and butchering animals gives me heebie-jeebies, I wish we could get more meat birds.

When we try taking the pen, rewriting our story and trying to be someone else, trying to get pieces to fit in places they were never supposed be we miss what’s right in front of us. Maybe just like Ray had to let go of those cables so that he could live, we have to let go of what we THINK our lives should be and embrace the life that God designed for us with open arms.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand”
~Proverbs 19:21

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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