So let me tell you what I did at the dentist – I couldn’t just completely relax my jaw muscles, so instead I tried to completely respond to his touch. When he pushed up I concentrated on following his touch as closely as possible, matching the speed and force and direction. When he closed my teeth together and released, I let my jaw drop back into his hand and again tried to respond to his touch. I didn’t just let go, but I tried to match my actions to his touch.
And I think that is a good spiritual discipline along the way to complete surrender. Maybe that is even the best picture of it, I’m not sure. We will never be simple marionettes, puppets on a string, lifeless and choiceless until the puppeteer picks up the strings. And I’m not sure we would want to be. That seems more like slavery than adoption. Maybe the idea of “letting go” is really one of being attentive to the Master’s touch and immediately responsive. Maybe the choice for us is to stop fighting God’s hand and start responding.