Let. It. Be.

“I wake up to the sound of music” every morning of my life, and this morning I heard almost exactly that line as my clock went off and I reached to stop it. I’m hearing the Beatles classic, Let It Be, in my head. I’m sure none of them ever had a thought that their song would be a classic, let alone end up in my devotional blog.

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be

These are great lines, and this song is every 13 year-old, fledgling pianist’s favorite. I can’t count how many of my piano students through the years that have done this song, or at least tried.

This morning, though, I need these words to soak deep into my bones.

Let. It. Be.

Stop. Leave it alone.

I have five days left in this phase of my life as a human resources administrator, and I am in major stress mode. Overwhelmed with all there is left to do before next Friday, working extra hours trying to get it all done, running up the halls to the printer and back, skipping breaks and meals… All in an effort to leave everything in as good a condition as I possibly can. And is it just me, or has the workload doubled in the last month??

I have been at peace with my decision to retire, without question. God has been leading me and calling me to other things in the last several months. But my perfectionist and control-freak self can’t seem to understand that all I can do is all I can do. This morning, I hear the words to this song and know deep in my heart that God is saying, “let it be, child. Do what you can to the best of your ability and I will take care of the rest.”

And so, today, I shall try my best to let it be. To let go of the control I’m trying to keep over everything, to stop pretending that I can do everything on my own, and ask for help. And enjoy my last few days with people I love and appreciate. And pack.

Oh, the packing! Let it be! It will get done.

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