A recent conversation with my kids went like this:
Me: Would like some peaches with your lunch?
Kids: Yes, please.
(I take their plates to put peaches on it. In unison, they both begin to protest and cry.)
Kids: Mommy!!!!! Don’t take my plate.
Me: I have to take your plate in order to put the peaches on it.
This made me think...we don't want to give up what we have even when it means getting something better. There is something frightening about letting go or releasing something. The truth is release can bring many benefits.
I was reading a Joyce Meyer commentary on Joshua chapter 1. Joshua had just inherited Moses’ job and after a time of mourning, it was time to move on. It was time to move forward. It was time to let go of the past and embrace the future.
“Don’t be afraid to release and walk away from what God is finished with; He has wonderful new things waiting for you!” ~Joyce Meyer
The plate is empty. There is nothing left on it. We have asked God for more and He has said yes. Now we have to let go of the empty in order to get full.
Consider this: holding on to that thing (pride, unforgiveness, anger, fear) is keeping you from moving forward and if you release it, you can make room to gain (peace, joy, contentment, increased faith...or even peaches!)
Prayer: Lord you know the end from the beginning. Help us trust you to give us what we need exactly when we need it. Let us not be afraid to end a season when it is the right time. Order our steps in your word and give us peace. Amen