Letting Go

Letting Go

By Denise Schmeer

Why is it so hard to just “let go?”  I have two adult children carefully making their way in the world. But, I find that whenever they make a life change – new job, new place to live, deciding to get married – that I’m the one holding onto their previous circumstances.  

For example, . . . my son found a great job in Providence, Rhode Island . . . a really wonderful opportunity for him.  And was I happy?  Yes!! Thrilled, but I found myself feeling melancholy for Oxford, Ohio and all the places we had visited together when he lived there.  

The things we had done – the football game, the hockey game, and the concert – now seemed like fading memories.  Was it really possible I would never eat at the famous Oxford Donut Shoppe again?  And when I told my son about my missing Oxford, he said, “Oh mom, I was so ready to leave!”  Well, great, I thought but I’m feeling a little sad here. 

And same thing with my daughter . . . almost an “instant replay” just four (4) short months later.  She landed a great job in St. Petersburg, Florida . . . a really wonderful opportunity for her.  And was I happy?  Yes!! Thrilled, but I found myself feeling melancholy for Sarasota, Florida and all the places we had visited together when she lived there.  

The things we had done – the ballet, the theatre, the beach – now seemed like fading memories.  Was it really possible I would never stroll the shores of Lido Beach with her again? 

And then it occurred to me – yikes!  They are all grown up!  They are never coming home again and I miss them so much.  I miss fixing their breakfast in the morning and cutting up their slices of melon to look like little boats.  I miss tucking them in at night and giving them just one more hug. How much I love them!!

So, this all gave me pause to wonder how our Heavenly Father must feel as He watches us mature into the callings He has placed on our lives. 

He doesn’t struggle as I do, each time one of my children enters a new phase of their lives.  No, I am certain; Abba Father is joyful at every new season in our lives.  For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

He is so proud of each of us as we are obedient to follow in His footsteps, as we read and study His Word, as we step up and step out in Faith to each new opportunity He presents to us to shine the Light of His kingdom . . . the Good News of the Salvation through Jesus Christ.  

Dear Father God, help me today to “let go” and just keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! 
(Isaiah 43:18-19)