Turn it Over
One of the refrains one hears from religious people is that they can “turn it over to God”. It is also a part of most twelve-step programs. What does it mean to turn it over to God? Is this some kind of cop out? Some way of removing responsibility from ourselves and placing it on a deity?
Muslims like to say “Inshallah” or “God willing”. “Will the train be on time we might ask our Muslim friend and they will respond “Yes, inshallah.” Is this a naive manner of thinking that some other being would simply take care of us if we only believe?
At first glance, it seems so.
Yet, what does it really mean? It is mindfulness placed in an Abrahamic religious context. It is an acknowledgment that we do not control fate and that even our best laid plans may fail. It is in a sense a kind of fatalism. Yet, there is more to it. We do our best, we plan, we act then, rather than worrying about the outcome we “turn it over” and accept.
The great prophet and teacher Jesus of Nazareth said: “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27. Here the teacher tells us to accept and have faith both in God and in our own efforts.
Turn it over. It doesn’t much matter to whom or what. We plan, then act and then when all is done we accept without worry about outcomes. We know that we can handle whatever comes with the same talents and skills which we always possessed.