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).
Friend to Friend
She was three. She arched her arm and pointed her fingers at me.
“You’re frozen, Gaga!”
I stopped in place, one arm behind me, the other in the air. She giggled, then quickly unfroze me.
There was a time if you were in the vicinity of anyone under the age of six, you were familiar with the movie, Frozen. It’s the story of two sisters struggling in their relationship with each other and in finding acceptance. At one point Elsa, the older sister sang these words:
Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Those words are similar to those I sensed God whispering years ago.
Suzie, let go of the past that you cannot undo.
Let me rise to heal your hurting heart.
Maybe you’ve sensed God asking you to let go of something – the past, old mistakes, unforgiveness, unresolved bitterness, a warped identity. It can be hard to let go when you don’t know how. I wrestled with those same questions and eventually came to understand the following:
Letting go means that I give up what is beyond my control to embrace what I can.
In Isaiah 43:18-19, a nation holds tightly to the past, but by doing so they are missing the new things that God wants to show them. The prophet speaks boldly to them.
“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).
As I sensed God asking me to leave the past behind, I had to let go of what I couldn’t control.
- I couldn’t control my childhood, but I could see the miracles of today.
- I couldn’t control someone’s hurtful words, but I could replace them with truth.
- I couldn’t control negative people, but I could choose joy for myself.
Letting go wasn’t easy in the beginning. However, just as the prophet Isaiah describes new roads in the desert and rivers in the wilderness, the more that I let go of what I couldn’t control to embrace what I could, new ways of thinking and relating and living were carved into my very being.
Do you sense God asking you to let go?
- Be mindful of what you can’t change.
- Ask God to show you what you can do, with His help.
- Be patient as you step into healing, for this takes time.
As you let go, there’s a secondary miracle. Letting go doesn’t just change us. You begin to live, speak, and relate as a healed woman, and that filters down to the next generation and the next — like the cute little blond-haired, blue-eyed angel chasing her Gaga through the house, singing “Let it go!”
Jesus, I’ve wanted to let go for a long time, but I wasn’t sure how. I’m ready to take that leap of faith. Today 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.
Now It’s Your Turn
What is one thing you’ve struggled to let go? Speak this principle out loud: Letting go is giving up what I can’t control to embrace what I can. What is one step you can take today, with God’s help?
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This reminds me of the simple truth of a trapeze artist: You cannot grab the bar swinging in front of you unless you let go of the one you are hanging on to. You cannot move forward unless you are willing to let go! We have to trust that God’s got us!
Thank you for your faithful writing. May you enjoy your many blessings today!
This was great. Thanks, Suzie.
You devotionals are a blessing to me! May the Lord continue to use you mightily.☝🏽✝️💝
I really do need to let go. It’s amazing how God is bringing this to me in His exact timing that a relative I have so much trauma around is passing away. I will ask Him to show me because no, I don’t know how.
Lord, you are Katrina’s hope and help. Show her how to let go and how to hold close to you (for you are near) as she steps into the new. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Very good, practical wisdom. Thank you.