Why is it so hard to let go? Several days ago, my purse was stolen. I was really upset, because my purse contained not only my wallet, but my phone, and keys (for work, home, and car). Being the planner that I am, I was almost paralyzed with stress. I remember staring at the ceiling as questions raced through my head. How am I going to even begin fixing this mess? How am I going to pull all these details together? I had to spend quite a bit of time praying for peace that night, before I could finally go to sleep.
You see I think the Lord was trying to show me something through all this. Over time I have become so dependent on the material. I tell myself that If I just have my little orderly world together, then everything will be okay. But this feeds directly into a materialistic mentality, that possessions provide happiness, and security. But the reality is that stuff fades, dies, and rusts. This not only applies to stuff, but to people as well. They will fail us, leave us, and betray us, because we (humans) always fail to be perfect.
This leads me to the last part of my thought process; we have hope. Even though my keys, money, and old iPhone are gone, my Savior is permanent. He will never disappear into the night. He will never abandon me in the darkness. If you don’t believe me, then let’s look Deuteronomy 31:6…
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
This verse came to mind, as I was thinking about my situation. For example stolen keys are an annoying but easy fix. However, what about broken relationships? wild fires? floods? All of these things come with the ability to wash away all our earthly possessions.
He will never leave us? He will never forsake us? Run to him, and cling to him, pray for deliverance. He will deliver, for He justifies the unjustifiable, and restores what was lost.
I hope your thanksgiving went well,
Love and Peace,