My husband’s birthday was February 4th, and I bought him the funniest card. The outside said, “Forget about the past, you can’t change it.” The inside of the card said, “Forget about the present…I didn’t get you one.”
The card is right. The past is the past and can’t be changed. We need to let it go or it can affect our life in the present. It reminds me about the lesson we learn from Lot’s wife. You know the story:
Abraham had just entertained three angels in his home when they reveal to him that God is going to destroy the City of Sodom and Gomorrah where his nephew Lot and his family live.
Abraham speaks to God and pleads with him to spare the city. Through much haggling from Abraham, God eventually agrees to save the city if there are ten good men to be found there. So the angels arrive in Sodom & Gomorrah to tell Lot he and his family will be spared.
Now Lot had become quite wealthy and well known in the city. Because of this, his wife also was living a life of luxury and comfort. When he told her they were to leave everything behind and leave the city, she probably wasn’t too happy. She was leaving all her possessions, her status in the community and all her rich friends behind.
The angels instructed them, “As you leave, do not look back at the city or you also will die.” So Lot escaped out of the city accompanied with his wife, their two unmarried daughters and the two angels.
They were running across the open plain when there was a loud explosion followed by a huge fireball. Lot’s wife paused and turned longingly toward the city and was instantly turned into a pillar of salt. Not a good ending for Lot’s wife!
Now the reason I chose to recap the mishap of Lot’s wife, is because many Christian women TODAY may be unaware that they are making the same mistake as Lot’s wife.
No, I don’t mean women are turning into pillars of salt.
What I mean is that many of us, like Lot’s wife, have a hard time of letting go of the past. We resist change and long for how things used to be.
Are there things in your life that you are having a hard time “letting go” or resisting? For example, do you feel angry or resentful because you have to downsize due to the economy? Is your family required to relocate because of your husband’s job? Maybe you are resisting that your kids are no longer “kids,” but are teenagers and they aren’t so dependent on you anymore.
So, what are the consequences when we can’t let go of the past, or we resist change or cling to what no longer is ours?
You are missing out on receiving new and better God’s blessings he has for your life.
Listen to what Jesus says in Luke 17: 32-33 (MSG):
Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you will lose it, but if you let that life go, you will get life on God’s terms.
Lot’s wife was only thinking of all the things she was leaving behind, not focusing on God’s grace at saving her and her family’s life.
So what are God’s terms? He wants us to stop looking and longing for the past. God has a purpose for changes in your life. This is where your faith is put to the test. Do you trust him? Only when you let go and empty your hands can you begin to receive the new blessings God has planned for your life. Blessing more wonderful than you can imagine!
There really is something to the saying “Let go and let God!”