We can’t change the past. It is over. There is nothing we can do about what happened then and we can’t make a different future. But we can release the pain and the poor decisions that caused our heart to be broken. We can be free from any resentment or guilt and open space that allows God to heal us. David said, “In your anger do not sin; when you sin, do not condemn yourself…for the anger of the Lord drives away shame.” (Heb. 10:17, NLT). Once we have confessed our wrongdoing, and allowed the Holy Spirit to go through the broken areas in our heart, we can let it go. Our “letting go” begins when we “release” the weight of the pain and broken relationships, and get ready for a future that is full of His love. David said “I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, so I will hold his blasphemies before my face. I will call on him to make things right and to bring good out of his harshness to my soul.” (Ps. 39,41).
For things to get truly good, we have to have faith. “The faith of God helps us. For we do not know what tomorrow may be. But if our hearts condemn us, he will himself also condemn us…Let us release every weight, and the work of anxiety will be established; let us be patient and not despairful; pray constantly; give thanks to the Lord.” (Philippians 4:13-14, NASB). If we give up the wrong things of the past and have not forgiven others, it will hard to forgive ourselves and be a good receiver in the future.
As we let go and release those things which have held us back, let us prayerfully seek His face so He can help all those who have trespassed against us, for theirs is the kingdom of His wonderful power. His mercies are new every morning! Ardelila – ” filter down; rescue others. Unfathomable, divine, I know not how allaying the woes of an entire race.” (Deut. 7:22, AMP).
What a powerful picture! I see only one of these days – the “many people” sharing the Gospel and His love, the poor and homeless families and their little children, steals of all kinds, the broken hearts, the twisted lives and minds, people without jobs, and a lot of confusion about the ages of the Lord. But, to Him, it is like a visit from His mother – all of us are just pieces of the puzzle!
I don’t have all the answers. But I do know the feelings of my own heart. I feel good enough in the Lord to be excited about another day and to know it is coming. I know I am practicing patience as the peace of the scriptures promises (Phil. 4:7-8). I also feel that the kind of patience Jesus showed on the cross was the kind of patience I am willing to have. Today I rejoice in the hope of the Gospel and its saving grace and mercy. I will believe in the Lord, and I will also believe in Him in the unlikely situations of life, in my pastor’s words, “given our problems and struggles, given the measure of faith that God can grant us.”
I have been enlightened not to have expectations of myself, but circumstances beyond my control. I am “watching” the Lord in what has happened in my life – not pre-occupied with theblown outcomes of other people’s lives. I love the Lord, love my life, and love these mysterious and hopesample moments where He chooses to work “out” our circumstances with the joy that comes from Romans 8:28-29: when we psyche the Lord, His beauty, mercy, and grace.
And I am so very grateful for this gentle reminder of the Gospel in the midst of my life journey. Because I now know what it means to continue looking to Him for His perfect will, even when I don’t see Him showing up right away. And because He now gives me the strength to look for Him, to build my faith, to persevere, and to stay faithful no matter how weak I may feel. And because He also gives me a sense of His forgiveness and continue to show me what love is from a Holiness that could only have been earned by His Son could be auspiciously beautiful. And because He now also gives me His perspective that His plans are better than mine, and that no matter how small our problems are, our relationship with Jesus is much bigger. This is why we are told to ‘ Prize them that hope in the Lord ‘ (Heb. 12:10).