I’m trying to get fit but I hate running (cross-country was the nightmare event of the year for me at school). However, I’ve come to realise that when it comes to exercise, I’d rather do something that I can quickly get over with and get on with life, and for me running seems to be the best option.
I’ve found that while running my mind becomes so clear that stress seems to melt away and things make sense again. It’s a great time to think through things, pray and just enjoy my surroundings. Sometimes though, I find my mind starts to focus on past problems with people or hurts I’ve been through.
From workplace struggles to ministry hurts, to difficult experiences with grief that I’ve walked through in the last 20 years or so. If I took the time to make a list I could probably compile quite a large one with the different unjust or hurtful things I’ve endured. It’s so easy to fall into a pity party and rehash all the slights we’d endured in our lives isn’t it? Going back over conversations and what we could or should have said. Wishing people would know the truth or that for once you’d see justice on your behalf for the pain others had caused.
Let It Go
While I was out running recently, I slipped back into that same dangerous mode, rehashing an unfair situation in my life when the words ‘let it go’ came clearly into my spirit.
“Let it go”. An ordinary phrase that means different things to different people. To some people, especially parents of young children, the phrase “Let it go” brings back tortured memories of replayed songs from the hit movie Frozen. Thankfully my 4 children were too old to be obsessed with this Disney movie and it’s many catchy tunes, but I’ve heard many friends complain over the past years of how the songs have nearly driven them mad, especially the song “Let it go”.
I felt like the words “let it go” were a firm reminder from God to do just that. Stop dwelling on the past. Stop thinking back to those hurtful experiences I’ve endured. If I want to stay free from bitterness and frustration, I need to choose to just let things go.
I love what CS Lewis says in regards to this:
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward”
I’ve always been one of those people who struggles to have the quick comebacks in a conversation.
I remember years ago pleading with God to give me wisdom and the right thing to say in every situation I was in. Especially the difficult ones. He reminded me that although Jesus was filled with all wisdom and knowledge sometimes, even though He would have been the Comeback King, He chose to be silent. When He faced His accusers (His false accusers) and could have easily disproved them with a clever word or two, He chose His moments carefully and sometimes just let it go.
There are times to fight and stand up for what’s right, but sometimes there are times to remain silent, to let it go, and to let God sort out the mess, the past, the hurt, the shame.
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Let it go. Friend, if you can’t do much to change the past, don’t let it ruin your now and future. Let’s chose to fight our battles wisely, and live free from bitterness and regret.
Let it go.