Updated: Apr 20
“What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” - Psalm 8:4-6
Letting go is hard, especially when we need to let go of things close to our hearts.
When I was living in Harlem, the drain in the sink would often get clogged with hair. I would spend a lot of time using a pair of tweezers to gently pluck out the hair causing the blockage.
The hair (and schmutz) that would come out the drain was slimy and gross, but it was oddly satisfying to remove. My favorite part was when the chunk of hair causing the bulk of the problem would finally come out.
Even if a few resistant strands were left, the water would still flow when the chunk of hair was gone. That’s how I feel God has been working on my heart.
This year started with Him undoing the wall I put up over my heart. He gently tweezed away all of the things that were blocking me from receiving the fullness of His love—pride, fear, doubt, insecurity, unforgiveness.
I spent a lot of time surrendering all of my blockages to Him. Some things were plucked out easily, and some things He’s still working on.
Now I'm in a new season of being planted by the Word. It was only after that chunk was removed from my heart that God's seed could take root.
I’m enjoying this new season, but I still face challenges that I need God’s help to overcome. Letting go of the past is one of those challenges.
One of the things my closest friends and family might say about me is that I’m very committed and loyal to things and people I give my heart to.
And I’m ashamed to admit that many times my commitment to those things and people has superseded my commitment to God. That's when life begins to fall apart.
When things change, it’s hard for me to let go of what was so what will be can emerge.
The committed part of me wants to hold on for fear that the next chapter won't include the people and things that mean a lot to me. FOMO (fear of missing out) is real.
Except, it’s not.
As we continue to grow from the inside out and focus on God, things will change because we are changing. You won’t be missing out, you’ll be stepping into what will be because you’re aligning yourself with God’s will.
No one wants to be a caterpillar stuck in a cocoon forever. A part of blossoming is letting go so new things can flow.
Yes, the unknown is scary. And maybe some people or things won’t be an active part of our lives anymore, but God is a provider in every season. There’s no scarcity in His kingdom, only abundance.
These verses came to mind the morning before I began writing this.
“What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.” - Psalm 8:4-6
Our commitments don't even compare to God’s commitment to us. He cares so much about us, and He deserves first place in our hearts.
Whatever challenges you may be facing in this season of your life, know you are not alone. God is fighting for you. And there’s so much freedom in knowing that.
As we continue to walk in our identity in Christ and spend time with our loving Father, letting go becomes easier.
Don’t force things to fit into your picture. Let God direct you to His puzzle where the pieces fit perfectly.
It’s time to blow out the candles. Not because you’re giving up or letting things die, but because you’re allowing God’s plan to thrive.
It's time to let God tweeze out the past so you can walk in the fullness of who He's created you to be.
It’s time to let go so new things can flow.
Did you enjoy today's message? As always, we’d love to hear from you.
Comment below, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Know someone who'd benefit from today's message? Share it with a friend!
Do great things with God.