Monday, May 18, 2015

Letting Go...Again

There is a right time for everything on the earth:
...A right time to hold on and another to let go.
Ecclesiastes 3
One thing I know for certain: I am not the one
who determines the right time for everything.
God doesn't check in with me to see if
I think summer should come to an end.
Or if the time is right to let go.
Seasons come and go in the blink of an eye.

I wince when I think about how I thought
I would hold onto my children forever.
Those days when diapers, and feedings, and
picking up toys went on...well, seemingly forever.
The days crawled and the years raced,
and, suddenly, forever changed.
And I'm having to let go instead of hold on.

Letting go can be about our hurts and pains,
but more often it's about people we love.
It's not a "goodbye" kind of letting go;
it's more a "godspeed" kind of letting go.
It is a trust in God to carry safely 
those we have in some way been carrying.
It's having the courage to turn forward,
knowing there is more ahead for us to be and do.
Letting go is a godspeed for ourselves as well--
 a trust in God to carry us safely forward.
"For I plan to give you the future you hope for."
He comes with a new plan for us to take hold of.
"Be alert, be present. 
I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?"

My eyes might shed a few tears as I let go, again,
 but my hands are open and my heart expectant.
Whatever season we're in, He plans to give us hope.
Our thoughts align with His goodness,
and trust He knows the "right time" 
for every season of our lives.
To everything there is a season...

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