Sue Monk Kidd reflects upon her realization that clinging to things of this life, whether they are precious possessions and relationships or past pain and hardship has a withering effect on our souls in her memoir, When the Heart Waits. Only in the process of letting go in order to be open to God at work in us can we grow spiritually.
One year I decided to plant English ivy as a border around my flower garden. I dipped the small vines in some pH-balanced enzyme powder and planted them around the flowers. Some weeks later the ivy had grown into a small jungle, clinging around the flower stems and causing the blooms to shrink and shrivel. Standing over my flower, I understood the deadly effect of clinging.
Now I was beginning to understand its effect on the spiritual life. Clinging creates a shrinking within the soul, a shrinking of possibility and growth.
Let go and trust in God’s saving grace,