Two years ago I was in a Bible study with some other college friends. Instead of doing New
Year’s resolutions, we decided to pick one word that we wanted to focus on. We were asked to
pray about it and report back to the group when we felt drawn to a certain word. My word was
release. My whole high school career I felt in control. I had an awesome group of friends and
excelled in academics and athletics. When I got to college, I struggled immensely with my
emotions. Places such as the dining center, volleyball court, and classroom began to trigger
anxiety attacks. I became situated on the perceptions others had on me. I decided to seek help
and eventually went on medication to help regulate some of my thoughts and emotions. I hated
not feeling in control. The word “release” seemed fitting for the goals that I had for myself
mentally and spiritually that year.
Just like any habit, my mindset on situations, people, and things was not going to change
overnight. I took it step by step in my walk of releasing my grip on the ladder of life. I needed to
take a step down from my ladder and let God take control. (Thanks to the amazing Alice Shirey
for this advice). It was terrifying, frustrating, and incredibly hard. I am still working on releasing
my control to this day. When I feel my thoughts and anxiety rushing in, I remind myself of my
This verse literally rides with me wherever I go. It is taped to the right of my steering wheel in my
car. I find myself leaning on this verse and viewing these words as the ultimate picture of God.
My helper, my rock, and my shield when life seems too hard to handle. I have found that
regardless of the situation, this verse can make you feel as ease knowing that something
greater is working in your life.
Fast forward a year to July 12th, 2019. I was sitting in the hospital with my family. My grandpa
was battling a long, hard journey with cancer and we were told that he was starting his journey
towards walking with God. Everyone gathered around him and we started to play some of his
favorite songs. His breathing started to labor less and less. My grandma was sitting on the bed
next to him and leaned down to give him a kiss. She whispered in his ear, “Bill, it’s time to go be
with God.” She leaned back from kissing him on the forehead and his breathing had stopped.
My grandpa was trying so hard to fight and hold on to be with us longer. He needed someone to
tell him to release his control to God. One of my favorite people was also battling with control of
his life. His ability to let go and trust God in that moment when he wanted to stay with his family
was truly inspiring for everyone in the room. A powerful moment that all of us will remember.
Let God free you from all of the stress, anxiety, worry, scheming, and fretting. Trust God and
how much He cares for you!
Wartburg College Senior
Will never been seen without a piece of EXTRA Gum in my mouth, Loves a good belly laugh,
Passionate about loving and teaching little minds
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