I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how often we tell people to “let it go.” I do it all the time. “Let it go.” “Lay it down.” “Just move on.” “Press forward.”
These are great motivators and reminders of what we need to do but if it were so easy to just let it go, we would just let it go and move on, right? It’s obviously not that easy or we wouldn’t keep tripping up over the things that burden us and weigh heavy on our hearts.
You’ll hear me often reference “circling the mountain”, and what I mean by that is in the scripture the Israelites wandered in the mountain land on a trip that should have taken 11 days but turned into 40 years because they kept being disobedient and doing what they wanted to do. Deuteronomy 2:3 God intervenes and says: “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north”.
Have you extended an 11 day trip into a 40 year hang up? I know I have! There are patterns in our lives where the places keep changing, the people keep changing, but our problems remain. My friend, that means you’re the common denominator. That was a painful truth I started to realize in my own life. One day I got tired of blaming everyone else and playing the victim. I saw that my own issues and disobedience were causing me to continue circling a mountain I should have left years ago.
I didn’t know what I needed to do or how I needed to do it but I know I was desperate and ready to surrender to God and have Him lead. I believe it’s at that moment when our hearts are ripe and ready and God says, “You have circled this mountain long enough” and gives us specific direction to get us down.
So obviously letting go is not easy. I mean, truly it is – just let go … but obviously our mind, will, and emotions get all up in the way. There’s confusion, guilt, doubt and all that jazz that starts to trip us up. So I’ve come to this conclusion: you don’t have to know how to let go, you just have to be willing.
You see, I think a lot of people would rather remain a victim than receive the healing. I think people say they want peace but don’t want to surrender the broken pieces of their lives to obtain peace. The scripture makes it very clear:
Romans 14: 9 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy
Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Pursue peace, make effort to live in peace, search for peace and work to maintain it. It’s hard to let go of the things that are dragging us down especially if they’ve been rooted deep for a long time.
You don’t have to know how to let go, you just have to be willing. Start there. I guarantee you that God will bring you down from that mountain.