Letting go is hard. We can’t all be Frozen’s Queen Elsa—escaping to a faraway hideout, building a perfect safe haven from all with the power to wound us. Sometimes we are required to let go of things deemed simple and other times more complex. Whether it is a relationship broken, a loved one lost, an expectation unmet, a baby unborn, a dream dashed, a home left, a possession vanished—everyday God chooses to give and He chooses to take away. In the taking away we are often being called to let go. However, while we acknowledge our loss, we do not always truly release whatever it is we were holding on so tightly. Fear of accepting our disappointment as reality and our unwillingness to concede that our will may be not be Gods, leads to a trap where we only believe in the hope of the past and refuse to see the beauty of the future.
As Elisabeth Elliott states in These Strange Ashes, “Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ashes.”
When disappointment or loss marks our hearts, it is extremely difficult to simply ‘see the bright side’ of things. Yet, if we see the light at the end of the tunnel as not a possession but a person—perspective changes. Because you see, when God asks us to let go and trust Him, when He asks us to open up our hands and release back to Him whatever person, possession or expectation that is bound in our grip—He doesn’t leave us empty-handed. He doesn’t leave us flailing like a new-born babe in search of its mother’s arms, like a thirsty soul in need of water. He fills our hands, our hearts, our voids fully with Himself. When we accept this gift of His life spilled into us, He clothes us in healing, peace, and restored trust. He gives us the power to spill out our lives like water, sharing our losses and healing journeys with those walking in similar shoes. He reminds us that in this world we will have trouble, but His story never ends in ashes. It may always hurt, but for as long as it hurts He will comfort. It may always wound, but for as long as it wounds He will heal.
Letting go doesn’t mean losing hope—even when the attainment of our heart’s deepest cries stretches all the way to heaven. Release and see God restore.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 NIVxo,
Worship: I love music and I love to share it. Each song is for each post. Enjoy! How Can it Be– Lauren Daigle
Gratitude: Give thanks— “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Grow: “Visit http://www.biblegateway.com or a similar resource and search the word ‘Ashes’. What do you notice about the use of ashes in the Old Testament? What hope do we now have in Christ when we are mourning, suffering or caught in sin? (Hebrews 9:13, 14; Isaiah 53:3-4a, Revelation 21)
Give: “The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.” 1 Samuel 2:7-8a
Who in your life could benefit from hearing God’s promise to raise us up out of our ashes, our brokenness, our poverty of heart? When will you share it with them?
Each LSLW post includes three areas of reflection in hopes to offer a chance for us to give thanks, grow in our personal faith and find ways to pour out from our lives what Christ has poured into us.
© Tamara Gurley 2014