Let It Be

I’m stressed to the max. For real. A month or so ago I mentioned that we put our house on the market in November, but did I also mention that we bought another one? Yep, we did. Feeling confidently optimistic, we secured a “bridge loan” that involves paying  only the interest on the loan. Sounds great, right? It is and it isn’t. It’s nice in that we get to live in the new house, but coming up with nearly $900 extra per month is a major hassle…no, that’s not the word. It’s a major stressor, a stressor that has lots of little hassles attached to it. Here it is nearly August, and the house still sits there, empty and quiet, and we’re feeling more than a little uneasy about our finances.

On the way home from work yesterday, I was experiencing what psychologists might call cognitive anxiety as I thought of what our next step might be. We have a problem; what’s the solution? My thoughts were running a little wild, and I decided to turn the radio on for distraction. Immediately, Paul McCartney’s voice reminded me to “let it be.”  I once read that he wrote that song at a time when the Beatles were going through sort of a rough patch, and he was uncertain about their future. Plus, a couple of them had married, and their lives were different from what they had been…and from what Paul’s was like. He was in an in-between place, feeling stressed and concerned about the future. One night he awakened from a dream in which his mother (whose name was Mary)  visited him and told him to “let it be.”

Mother Mary’s words affected her son profoundly, and all these decades later, they touched me, a woman driving home from work in America. What great advice. I’m trying to follow it, to let things be.  It reminds me of another similar admonition to “Let go and let God.” Perhaps the former Beatle’s song was a reminder from above.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “Let It Be”

  1. I reinterated this and the story from “Marlo’s”” book to Dorothy and she absolutely loved it. Most of us find difficult “stuff” hard to just “Let It Be”.

    P.S. I think I suffer from Chronic “Cognitive Anxiety”

  2. Hard to not think in terms of “Plan B”…I have been humbled because of holding on to parts of what I was asking God to handle. How can it be so easy and so difficult at the same time?!?

  3. Good question. The house is still on the market, and I suggested to my husband that we put a For Sale sign out in front of both houses and see which one sells first. He gave me this “look,” and then said that we needed to hang on a little longer. Part of me says, “Oh ye of little faith,” and another part of me says, “Are you crazy???”

    I had a thought about Peter (I think it was Peter) getting out of the boat and walking on water towards Christ. He lost faith and fell. Some people berate Peter for losing faith, but I think it’s great that he at least got out of the boat. That’s what we did…got out of the boat, and I am not going to lose faith. It’ll happen.

  4. My niece lives in Columbia/Cayce and they want to move “out” from the traffic but have had a terrible time selling their house, too. Don’t you love the hysteria the media conjures up and people are frightened to do anything? Never thought I’d see “water-wars”, either!!

    i will be praying with you, Marla Jayne, my dear friend, that you will get more than you expect! And soon. It’s hard to remember that God sees all and our vision is so limited. It is a puzzle about coming up with $900.00 cuz that’s a lot of moolah and we would think how much of His work could be done with that…perhaps you are and don’t know it. Nothing with God is impossible… God Bless You and I will always pray for your peace of mind.

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