How Do I Let It Go?
Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)
Three-year-old Elle arched her arm and pointed her fingers. “You’re frozen, Gaga!”
I stopped in place, one arm behind me, the other in the air. She giggled, then quickly unfroze me.
If you’ve been in the vicinity of anyone under the age of 6, you’re probably familiar with the movie, Frozen. In it, two sisters struggle in their relationship with each other and in finding acceptance.
At one point Elsa, the older sister, sings these words: “Let it go, let it go … And I’ll rise like the break of dawn … ”
Let it go.
Those are words I sensed God speaking to me years ago.
“Let go of the past that you cannot undo.”
“Let go of the warped view you have of yourself. It doesn’t match the one I have as your Heavenly Father.”
“Let go of the hurts that hold you too tightly.”
Just as I playfully stood frozen while my granddaughter giggled, there was another time when I felt frozen. I couldn’t take a step toward healing.
“Let it go, sweet daughter,” was a whisper I heard from God to discover the Suzie He saw me to be.
Maybe you’ve sensed God asking you to let something — or someone — go.
“Let go of the mistakes you once made. I’ve forgiven you.”
“Let go of the anger that’s consuming your thoughts.”
“Let go of condemnation, so you can live free.”
You want that desperately, but it can be hard to let go when you don’t know what that means. May I share my definition of letting go with you? It was freeing for me when I finally understood it.
Letting go is giving up what is beyond our control to embrace what we can change.
In Isaiah 43:18-19, God spoke to His people through the prophet Isaiah saying: “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert.”
The people held so tightly to the past that they missed the new things God wanted to show them.
God speaks the same warning and truth to us. We can’t control the past, but we can focus on the miracles around us today.
We can’t unhear the words that once shaped our hearts, but we can replace them with truth from Scripture.
We can’t control negative people, but we can choose joy for ourselves.
Letting go isn’t easy in the beginning, because holding on is our natural response. But there’s so much hope! Just as the prophet Isaiah describes new roads in the desert and rivers in the wilderness, as we give up what we can’t control to embrace what we can change, new ways of thinking, relating and living are carved into our very being.
And the beautiful thing about letting go?
It doesn’t just change us.
It has the power to alter the next generation, and the next after that, like the cute little blonde-haired, blue-eyed darling chasing her Gaga through the house, singing, “Let it go!”
Dear Jesus, I’ve wanted to let go for a long time, but I didn’t know how. Now that I do, I’m ready to take that leap of faith. I give up what I cannot control to embrace what I can. Thank You for carving new roads in the desert of my heart and new rivers in the wilderness of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (ESV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Write down one thing you’ve been trying to control. Now, list those things that are within your influence.
Write one way you can give up trying to control what you cannot change and embrace what you can.