You’ve sung the same song too many times honey. We’ve all heard it. We know the lyrics. It’s time to ‘let it go’.
If you watch a musical, you will notice a distinct narrative begins to emerge. This unfolds with purpose and momentum. To quote from Brother Bear: “Small things become big. Winter turns to spring. One thing always changes into another.”
Simply put, change is inevitable.
If the players on stage get stuck on one song – a few things might happen. Fine, they might release a smashing CD single but everyone’s expecting a full story not a stuck record.
The audience might get a little fed up. They might leave the auditorium. The singers might lose thier voices or their joy. You can only sing the same song so many times.
You would become like Israel, circling the wilderness, singing a lamentation and missing out on the Promised Land, where songs of joy abound. Or one of those circus elephants which has been walking in circles for so long with its foot tied to a peg in the ground, that when the chain is taken away, the elephant continues to go in circles – round and round, a stuck record.
Why is it so hard to let go of the past?
Memories don’t just hold our imaginations, they hold our hearts. When you have invested something of yourself into something of significance, letting go of this can seem a terrible thing. Maybe an experience has cost you – so much so that in your thinking releasing this to God seems an injustice. Does He know how much it cost you? Does it care?
I do believe He does. When the Lord spoke to His people and asked them to move forward through the wilderness and into the Promised Land, He didn’t dismiss their hearts. He even encouraged them to see ‘their story’ – the story they had with Him, which had a past, a present and a future. In fact, He continually asked them to remember what He had done for them in their circumstances. He reminded them of their hearts.
We aren’t robots. He wants us to love and care. Keep your heart but leave the past behind you.
The past wasn’t something to forget in scripture, rather something to mobilise God’s people towards greater frontiers…
I do believe there are stories which should never be forgotten. I do think that when our South African brothers and sisters speak of what they went through, this should be respected. It’s not just their story. It’s our story.
But in remembering, let’s move forwards.
Do you remember how He parted the red sea for us as a nation?
How he carried us across on dry land. When there were talks of civil war and unrest, we made it through alive because the Lord raised Nelson Mandela as a leader at this crucial time.He can do this again? Surely? He did it before and promised He would never change.
We have been in the wilderness, between the land of captivity and the promise, and do you remember how (as He did for the Israelites) He brought water from the rock and the Vaal filled up in record time. He can bring water from the rock again for Cape Town as they face drought.
Now as we stand at the brink of His Promised Land, we might see giants but remember how far we have come?
Remember the pre-1994 years? Look at us and the journey we have made.
In your own life, do you see how far you have come? Could you entertain the thought that God has more for you and that you can let go and trust He has your back.
He has heard your song. He knows what it has cost you.
This is really what the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart. Let it go. You cant be with one foot here and one foot there and walk into victory. It’s a decision you must make to let go of the past and embrace the new day Jesus has for you.
Today, let it go.
Yes, it was a great CD single and you have sung it over and over but could we please hear the next song!
Let it Go!
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