Isaiah 43:18 – Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
“Let the Past Die” is a line spoken by one of the characters in the most recent movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is my husbands’ FAVORITE line in the entire movie and it has much relevance and truth.
The bible tells us not to dwell on the past. Dwelling on past mistakes, failures or relationships will hinder us from moving forward and pressing towards what God truly has for us. Therefore, we must let go with the assurance that the Lord has something better.
About 17 years ago, I recall trying to hold onto a relationship that was completely wrong (hindsight is always 20/20). The main reason I wanted to hold on was because he was the father of my first-born child and quite honestly, I did not want to be alone and pregnant. I also did not want the stigma associated with being a single mother; so at the time it was easier to hold onto something that I knew was not real rather than face my reality.
After a couple years, the relationship ended; however, I still did not get the hint. Although we were no longer together, I held on anyway. In my mind, things would work out no matter how many people he dated and regardless of what his mother and others told me.
Two years later, when I finally had enough, I decided to let go. Unfortunately, I did not leave unscathed. It took many years to heal from the issues I endured in the relationship and it was my fault. Much later, I wondered what baggage I would have avoided if I had left sooner. During my time of singleness, I learned how to enjoy it. I learned how to walk with God, raise my son on my own and be happy. When I felt condemned because of my mistakes, I learned to forgive myself and decided I would not dwell on the past. This is exactly what God wants us to do. Repent and keep it moving.
Five years later, as I was living my life and minding God’s business, He sent my husband.
It is interesting how tightly we hold on to the things God wants us to let go. With our finite minds, we believe we know what is best and we sometimes believe we cannot live without the thing the Lord wants to take from us.
How many of us have held on to something and not let go? We know it is not working, but because of fear, embarrassment or familiarity, we hold on anyway. Perhaps it is not a relationship but a dead end job or a friendship. Is it time to let go? I guarantee you based on God’s word that he is about to bless you, but only if you release the past to Him and let it go!
Love you all