Let It Go: Leaving the Past in the Past
“A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.” Ecc. 3:6
It inhibits most of us with anguish we do not even realize is there. It creeps in, settles its way comfortably into our living room couch, creating the butt-imprinted cushion and eating our Orville Redenbacher popcorn with fury.
The safety net of its apathy and easily adaptable comfortable form fitted sheets over our lives give us a sheer, sweet affection for its tangled web.
It makes the relationship or relationships, in which our wounded hearts were so tragically broken from, look unfixable. Humpty Dumpty doesn’t look like he will ever get put back together again. So rather than letting God pick up the pieces of brokenness, to embrace his process of becoming, we encounter the place of fear, unforgiveness and weighted past expectations.
These things become our teacher and our safe harbor without even understanding we have actually let them slip into that role. We think we’ve conquered, demised, shattered, shouted, called out, and burned away all the hurt, pain, and fear from the past.
For most of us we really have, we have given everything over to the Lord. We have prayed, wept and journeyed in forgiveness, joy, sorrow, and brokenness and put it into the Lord’s hands to carry.
In my own personal journey I am one who easily forgives, easily restores communication and becomes the bigger person in most romantic relationships I’ve encountered. I was in a relationship for almost a year, in which I had no doubt in my mind would turn into a forever. It was perfect. It was exactly my bucket list guy. It was the right everything.
And it would never come to pass. When it ended in confusion, what if’s and the insecurity of feeling like I wasn’t “enough or what did I do wrong”, I quickly decided I had to forgive him and be the bigger person, act like everything was great because that’s what a Christian woman of integrity would do.
She would trust it was God’s plan, He knew what He was doing. He was protecting me and saving me in a decision course that could change my destiny. Right? Yes, that’s right… I was sure of it in my mind, in the “knowing what I have to think” mindset.
I had convinced myself unforgiveness and fear was gone when really they were making a settled place in my heart. I just could not let it go. My plans were done. My future dreams were unsalvageable. My heart was broken. What was God doing? How would anybody compare to this guy? (Insert your best dramatic really pathetic girly voice here.}
Discovering when logic, and the “right things to think and say” never heal, is when we understand the only healing comes when our heart not just our head is free.
We never truly LET IT GO, we hold onto moments from relationships, dreams from days gone or when we drink Sonic slushies’ you can’t help but think of him/her. Letting go isn’t as easy as Elsa makes it look on Frozen.
Letting it go is the process. Becoming completely undone before the Lord in true trust and faith is the journey. It is never accomplishable in a day or days. It is the movement of coming face to face with being undone.
To let unforgiveness and fear not have a welcome mat, to not secretly let them sneak into our hearts, because the greatest hindrances they have in finding its way into our couch is its ability to withhold greatness and weigh expectations of doubt onto your next relationship. Believe me you are not alone.
The fear of it’s just not going to work out anyway or the unforgiveness from the previous man, who hurt you is being laid upon the man of God trying to win your heart and affections the right way. You risk relinquishing all of what God wants to do because we’ve let it go in our minds, with thinking we are over it, thinking we’ve forgiven and pushed past it. But we’ve only memorized the song and have yet to truly allow its powerful message to seep into our soul.
Let it go. Understand I am here to give you hope and encouragement in your moments where fear and unforgiveness have been your keepers. It’s human. You are not abnormal or imperfect or disappointing to the Father. Letting go isn’t a pretty Disney song.
It is not transforming into a beautiful fancy Elsa dress and life is lovely. Letting it go is the hardest walk we will ever make. It’s walking in a valley so dry you see no sustainable life.
But take heart because the pursuit of the great King after you is like a dying man in search of water in the desert. It’s desperate and unstoppable. He wants to restore hope in the beautiful love story He has waiting.
He knows the days will be rough and hard, but He also knows the light of awakening your heart to fully letting go of it all and handing Him complete control is the greatest display of your faith and true trust in who He is and says He will be.
Let it go. You can’t control the outcome, the ups and downs or the reasoning’s on this journey. You can only live this beautiful unexpected life without plans, without fear of failure, without grudges and bitterness. Life is letting it go. Even if it means singing like a Disney princess to really get it!