For we walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
My nephew turned one last week and there was a question posed to me several times by multiple people, "Could you imagine your life without him?" My answer was a consistent, “Nope and I don't want to.” I think about the moments the older adults in my family were not pleased with the news of Blake now they drool all over him. It’s quite disgusting. They couldn’t see or trust the happiness God would allow through this child because all they saw were their own mind blocks.
Yesterday as I was reflecting on my experiences over the last couple years I couldn’t help but to think of all the things I didn’t want to accept in my life, all the things I had to walk away from (whether I wanted to or not), all the people I had to walk away from (whether I wanted to or not) and how some of those things and people I held onto like the plague. I couldn’t get past my own mind blocks. I knew that God wanted to do something new in me but I wanted to hold onto the old while He blessed me with the new. I put God on a contingency plan without saying a word. My actions told Him, if you do this, I’ll let go of this. Lol, that is definitely not how this thing works.
There are times when new additions compliment things that are already in our lives. This happens more times than not. We just don’t notice it as much because we aren’t faced with the “let that go challenge”. But there are times that in order to receive the next level of gifting, blessing, or peace we have to free our hands of what we are already holding. We have to clean out the junk rooms so there’s space for the new goods. We have to be empty to be filled back up with the right stuff.
I think about all the things I didn’t want to let go of. All the things I hoarded and hoped God would allow me to keep because I didn’t know how I would function without it. But now, if anyone asked me if I had regrets about walking away from those things my answer would be the same as with my new baby, “Nope and I couldn’t imagine my life if I wouldn’t have taken the risk and walked by faith and not by sight.”
It can hurt to walk away from things that are comfortable or that feel right for the moment but we have to trust that God has a greater plan, which includes giving us a greater measure in Him. We can’t receive any of that if we have only positioned ourselves to receive a little bit in that small-boxed faith space we’ve reserved for Him. My prayer is that if God has been nudging you to let something go, walk away from something, or give a simple and plain “no” that you will have the courage to do so. I pray that you will seek Him for wisdom and guidance on the who, what, when, and where and that you will see the manifestation of your obedience to Him.
Don't be afraid. I can't imagine my life without the kid. I can’t imagine my life without the ministry work I’m able to do now. I can’t imagine myself still stuck in the same place I was in 4 years ago. I can’t imagine myself without the new friends I’ve acquired. And I don't want to. So don't be so afraid to let new stuff in even if that means having to let old stuff out!
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Melanie N. Lee
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