I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a hard time letting go.
Letting go of the past. Letting go of those I’ve loved, whether due to relocation or death. Letting go of dreams.
Dreams, which have already fulfilled their purpose in me—realized in God’s timing and in His way—although I may lack the perspective to view it objectively at the time.
It’s not hard for me to let go of the “bad”. My challenge often comes in letting go of that which has been good, fruitful, and purpose-driven in my life. I tend to cling to the past “good”. Unable and unwilling to move forward because of a fear that the new will not prove as wonderful and satisfying or safe as the old.
This book was written during a season of change for me. A time of transition—after the death of my father for whom I’d spent the majority of the last two years caring for. A season of approaching empty nest with one child already in college and the youngest in her senior year of high school. A change in ministry focus. In other words, a lot of change in almost every aspect of my life.
I hate change. But as Kristina discovers in The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family, it is impossible to remain in the past. To refuse to move forward is to stagnate and die—mentally, spiritually and emotionally. When we refuse to fully crossover the threshold of God’s open door, we are in effect saying we don’t trust Him to have our best interests at heart. And what I’ve learned in this season of great change in my life is that God always keeps His children close to His heart. Just like you and I keep our children—no matter where they roam—close to our hearts.
Life can only be lived in the present. This means letting go of the past—with both its joys and hurts. I must choose to look with hope to the future, a future kept safe in the nail-scarred hands of our Savior. And decide each day to live an abundant life in faith.
I hope you will enjoy taking this journey with Kristina and Canyon.