Lessons in Letting Go

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the    wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) 

God is teaching me just how hard it is to let go.  I hold on to material things.  I hold on to hurts.  I hold on to losses.  I hold on to the past.

This has not been an easy realization. It took some heavy-duty hurts for me to see this character trait.  It became a learning opportunity when I realized that what God wants me to do is let go.

I need to let go of material things.  They won’t last.  I need to let go of the emotional hurts I’ve experienced.  They weigh me down.  I need to let go of the losses that keep me focused on the past.  And if I do not let go of the past, I cannot look forward to see the new things God is doing in my life.

Sometimes I feel there are no “new things” that can be done in my life.  That is usually an outgrowth of dwelling on my past and comparing then and now.  God does not want me to do that!  He wants me living here and now, not dwelling on the past.  While it can seem good to drift backwards in time to “better days”, it can become a breeding ground for sorrow, self-pity, anger, resentment and a host of other unwanted feelings.

Look to the future, dear reader, even if it seems to be bleak.  Look forward and anticipate the new thing which He is now doing.  He is making a way even in the desert times of our lives.  He will bring streams of living water into the perceived wastelands.  Watch for it!  Anticipate it!  God promises it!

And if God promises it, it WILL happen.

Father God, how good and glorious you are to provide for us even in the desert times.  Help us to forget the past and look forward to all you, in your glory, have in store for us.  Help us to anticipate You and Your good this very day!  Amen and Amen.  So be it, Lord!

(From 2010 Archives)

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