Letting Go and Moving On
When my family gets together we love to tell stories of days gone by. One family favorite is the infamous day I snuck outside during nap time while my grandmother was babysitting. I remember it like yesterday. She yelled from the porch for me to come inside. When I refused she came after me. I grabbed hold of the tree next to me and poor grandma had to peel me off and drag me in kicking and screaming.
This old story always gets a laugh at family gatherings, but when it was recently told at a family dinner it spurred a thought I haven’t been able to shake. We can’t move on to where we are supposed to be when we are clinging with everything we’ve got to where we aren’t supposed to be.
Things aren’t as simple as they were back then. I’m still clinging to things I shouldn’t and those things are keeping me from moving to where I know God wants to take me. Instead of a tree, I’m guilty of clinging to my doubts and my past hurts. Will God really do what He said He would do? Can I trust Him again?
Let me explain. . .
Seven years ago God gave me a dream of being a published author and speaker. Two years ago I was on track with my goals and dreams when I was diagnosed with throat cancer. I thought God would miraculously heal me and I would add this miracle to the stories I told for Him. He didn’t. Instead I endured great suffering which slowly chipped away at my faith and hope. I’m cancer-free now, but I still have the lingering effect of a faith that was battered and a dream I put on the back burner.
Recently I’ve sensed God asking me to “dream again.” The problem is, it’s nearly impossible to dream again and hold on to past disappointments at the same time. The truth. . . I no longer have cancer so why am I still allowing it to control my future? God did heal me. Maybe not the way I had hoped for, but I am healed non-the-less. My past is no longer relevant and I need to let go of it.
This brings me back to my grandmother and how she came after me, prying me off the tree. She knew I needed rest. Thankfully God knows I need rest too. Lovingly He comes after me and pries me away from the doubt that has me in a death grip and has kept me from dreaming.
What about you? Are there things in your life that are no longer relevant yet you’ve been unwilling to let go of them? Like me, are you challenged to loosen your death grip on past disappointments in order to move where God wants you today? Let’s resolve together to let go and let God lead us where He wants us to be, completely confident in His ability to do what He says He will do.
Written by Sheree Decouto