I’m having a problem today letting go. You see I got the most beautiful flowers for my birthday but now they are past their best. 17 days of pleasure and joy, but now the flowers are less vibrant and a bit worst for wear and frankly even a bit smelly! But if I throw them out my office will look empty and it is another year until my birthday comes around again. I suppose if I had been clever I could have hung them upside down and dried them out so I could enjoy them for years to come. But they looked so pretty in their vase that I wanted to keep them near my desk as I work.
How often in life do we hang onto things from the past – good and wonderful things – blessings from God. God’s word tells us that his blessings are abundant and his mercy is new every day:
Lamentations 3:22-24 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Often we fear letting go of what we have as we are unsure when we will be blessed again. Jesus recognises both our fear and our need:
Matthew 6:31-34 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It is funny- it was only on Wednesday night at cell when studying consumerism that I notice verse 32
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
God acknowledges both of fear of not having but also the needs that we have – he is not unware of what we need daily to get by and also of the pleasure we need in out lives. Lord let me not hold onto yesterday’s blessings for you are my heavenly father and will give me what I need for today. Help me to enjoy and remember what you have given me, to trust you with today and let you deal with tomorrow.