Yet no matter how much I wanted it to linger, no matter how much I willed it to stay, the sun was already on its way down & there was nothing I could do to stop it.
However, when I awoke this morning, there was the sun, back in the sky (albeit briefly!).
It made me wonder how many situations (baggage) I carry with me from the past that still pull me down today because I have not let the sun set on them?
I have not been able to draw a line under them. It’s almost as if I keep the sun in the sky (keep them active & before me). But if I hold onto them like this, they will hold me where I was as life continues around me.
I cannot change in any way what has happened:
- how people have spoken to me;
- how people have treated me;
- how people have abused me;
- how people have helped me
… but I can, with the help of others, decide how I am going to respond to them & how I am going to let them affect me: I can decide that I will allow the sun to set on these issues so that I am free to move forward without them dragging me down.
Such problems will drag us back to a place where we were as life continues to move forward around us. We become trapped in a past time when we need to be free to live today.
I don’t say this lightly: it is NOT easy & for some of us we will be in a struggle for a long time. However, making a conscious decision to put these things down is the first step.
As I sit here on Easter Saturday, a day in the Easter Story that we almost forget; a day when nothing seemed to be happening, when all hope was lost, when dreams had been shattered, I am excited about tomorrow, Easter Sunday, when suddenly there was hope, there was a way forward, everything was not at an end but at a beginning.
I hope that for any of you struggling in any way with life’s problems, you will be encouraged that although it may seem dark, dead, hopeless or simply confusing, that does not have to be the way forever: there is hope; there is a way forward. Sometimes we just have to let the sun set before it can rise again.
Take care until next time …