Friday, January 1, 2010

Let Go

He makes all things new.
Today I drove by a tree that still had all of its leaves.  Those leaves had hung on through a blizzard with 50mph winds and blowing snow and ice.  They were brown, but they were there.  I want to hang on too.  I don't want to submit to a new season of life.  I want things to stay the same. 
But they don't. 
After the tree, I drove by the library where Anna and I used to check out books.  I mourned the loss of that season of my life.  I want to hang on to what I had.  I want things to be like they used to be. 
But they aren't. 
Just like the tree has to shed it's leaves to make way for new life, I have to let go of the past to make way for the future. 
I don't want to. 
I have to. 
BUT the future is something to look forward to!  If I can let go of the past and embrace what's ahead I can grow...and change.  But change is hard.  New cities are hard.  New schools are hard.  New houses are hard.  Making new friends is hard. 
Lord help me look ahead to what you have in store for us in this life and for eternity.  Help me to hold on to your truth and let go of the past.
"How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name... the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in his unfailing love...
Sing to the Lord a new song" (Ps. 147:1,3,4,11;149:1)


Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful post. So true. The beginning of another year is difficult, it also makes me want to go back to the past, but as you say you cannot do that and the future IS something to look forward to.
Marlo I pray your year is a good one, that you find friends and comfort in your new life this year. I so often think of you and your family and of course Anna.
God Bless you all.
Lyn (Angel Conor's loving Nettie)

Liz said...

Oh how this post speaks to me. Thank you! Love it!

Nikkie said...

so, so true. His truth is really the only thing to hold on to....He remains the same forever. so thankful for that!

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but i have followed Sweet Anna's site for 2 years now. I am in awe of your faith and transparency in the midst of your pain.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to update and let us into your world. You have such a way with words and a way of connecting God's word with everyday life. Today is not the first time that I have started my day by checking your blog and have found the words that are so fitting for my day.
I am struggling with some personal issues and am wanting to change so badly but the devil has such a stronghold on me that I get scared when I think about letting go and changing my life. Your words today have helped me see this in a new light and I want to give glory to God for speaking to me through you and thank you for not holding your thoughts to yourself. You have no idea of the impact you have made on me...

thankful and hopeful,