When I was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I experienced some tough times. I lived through the Watts Riots, the Rodney King Riots, the Cocaine Crack house experience and Gang Wars of the 1980’s. My family and I lived through some of the toughest times in Los Angeles. Through it all, I would hear my mom make the statement, Let go and let God. As a small child I did not have a clue what she was talking about. She usually made the statement when something was not going well or when something really bad happened. I distinctly remember her making that statement when my dad passed away. I began to associate this statement with bad stuff.
My first experience in using the statement was when my mom passed away. It was one of the most painful moments in my life. It was during that time I developed a personal meaning of letting go and letting God. I really didn’t think I would survive my mothers death, but somehow I did. It was as if I transcended the experience to get through it. I remember saying over and over again in my darkest hour, I let go and I let God. I didn’t have anything else to give. I was so empty. I cried all the time and when I would come up for air, I would say, let go and let God.
As I move through my many life experiences, I found myself using the statement. When I find myself in a situation that I don’t have the answers too, I shout it out. I also found myself in many other life situations where the statement helped me. Today, letting go and letting God fits not only the challenging stuff but it is also for those times when I need to make a decision. I may have to let go of something that is no longer fitting into my plans. Sometimes it means letting go of those whom we love. For example, a family member or a partner who may not be ready for your journey. Sometimes it is letting go of situations that no longer serve you or add value to your life.
In my most recent years, I find the statement to be a comfort for me as I expand on my spiritual journey. As I grow to higher levels of consciousness, I realize that I have to remain open because I don’t have all the answers. When I step out on blind faith I am allowing God to take control of my journey. Today, there is peace in knowing that the Divine is with me always; no matter how life shows up. Today, I am at peace knowing that no matter what happens in life, I can surrender to the knowingness that the Creator is with me through all of my life experiences.