when it is time to let go
“Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:2-3)
It never fails to surprise, the light that comes with the spring sunshine. This sunshine that shines through to our souls and makes hearts sing. This sunshine that brings life, and transforms the world from dark into a world of light and greenness. Yet, this light that finds its way through the cracks in our hearts — also finds those fears in the dusty corners of our souls and the fragile pieces we have left in the dark.
It never fails to surprise, how the light pierces through to this broken heart that won’t mend. Finds these locked up pieces of deep hurt, with edges sharp enough to cut through souls — ours and others’. Aching memories or words that cut too deep. Shame that we carry, regret that weighs us down, or promises broken too many times. Whether it is what we have done or what was done to us — these tend to call for attention when we let go of the winter of our hearts and move unto spring and choosing new life.
That is the thing, though. Every time, we have to choose to see when it is time to let go — of the winter, of our hurts, of our shame, of our past. Every time, we have to choose to come to the One who makes all things new, who gives us a new heart. We can hold on to the promise that Jesus makes us new. The old is gone and all things have become new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I know, sometimes it is the hardest thing to let go. In our moments of weakness and hardships, it can be difficult to lift our eyes and put our hope on the better future we are promised. But here is the thing we can be certain of: that when we call upon the Lord, He will answer. When we seek Him with our whole hearts, He will answer.
So no matter how hard it is to let go. No matter how difficult it is to let that light shine into our hearts and trust that better days are ahead. We can trust that He will hear when we pray. That He will answer when we are on our knees and beg for something more, something different. His scarred hands will hold us up, and He will carry us through.
“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me” (Psalm 55:17-18a)
When we come to Him — broken and beaten, wounded and fragile — we can rest sure in the assurance that He will hear our voice and if He hears our voice, we know He will answer. Sometimes the situations and circumstances do not change and we remain in that battle. But even then we know, He has redeemed our soul in peace.
Maybe this time, we can draw a map to home with these scars on our broken hearts.
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