Recently, I’ve been listening to Switchfoot’s, “I Won’t Let You Go”. Something about the sound and lyrics connect with me in a way that, well frankly, many Switchfoot songs do. Words that transcend the mind and touch the soul in a way that are authentically moving.
“When your fear is currency
And you feel that urgency
You want peace but there’s war in your head
Maybe that’s where life is born
When our façades are torn
Pain gives birth to the promise ahead
If you could let the pain of the past go
Of your soul
of this is in your control
If you could only let your guard down
If you could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won’t let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won’t let you go”
When I’m consciously aware of God’s promise to us—when I pull myself out of my thoughts and connect with my soul. When I feel the separation from my mind and draw into the conscious energy that animates this body, I go to an inner-place of happiness and non-wanting. A sacred place that is grateful for all that is. Feeling that oneness with the air, trees, sounds, vibration—it’s a beautiful thing. However, I’m not in that place all the time.
I’m still a human living this experience and do get caught up looking into the future. Dreaming of what will be. Thinking about the past and what used to be. Or playing out the day’s scenarios in my head. Oh to be in Zen.
This morning as I listened to, “I Won’t Let You Go,” my soul spoke to me. It asked, “What more do you want? What more do you need?” And those questions resonated so deeply. Then, the knowing came,
“You are being guided by the
You are the Universe.
You have the protection of the Angels.
You are an eternal soul experiencing and learning through this lifetime.
Look at all that you already have.”
If we’re truly honest with ourselves. If we look back at our lives and visualize where we’ve come from and what we’ve overcome. Who we’ve evolved in to today versus who we thought we were when we began this process. We’ll clearly see the invisible hand of God with us throughout the entire process.
Years ago, I heard a very wise man share an allegory of parents who took their child on a trip to Disney World. The parents pay for a flight, rent a nice hotel room, and spend a fun-filled day on all the rides the park has to offer. As the day comes to a close, on the way back to the car, the child asks the parents for an ice cream bar. When the parents say, “no”, the child throws a fit—crying, screaming, and angry because they didn’t get that one last treat.
How often are we that child that is never satisfied? God gives us everything we need, what our souls are ready for—yet we ask for more and more and can feel ignored or that there’s
Today, I’m grateful for all that I have. I’m grateful for what I don’t have. And I know that in surrender, I’ll be grateful for whatever God brings my way in the future. May I only have the grace to constantly live in a surrendered state.
Host, The SpiritWoke Podcast