I live in a nice neighborhood that connects to another community containing many beautiful homes. It’s a great place to run, however I always feel a little sad when I pass by the houses that have been abandoned. Most of these dwellings originally sold for between 300,000 and 800,000 dollars. I often wonder if the former owner bought in way over their heads financially or did it fit very comfortably into their budget at the time with no future need for concern. Most likely, they were a product of the recession or perhaps a messy divorce or death of the main bread winner.
As I run past those yards with overgrown weeds, I wonder what dreams that family had when they moved into the neighborhood. They must have felt a sense of accomplishment and pride and maybe some security. Some may have bought a large home to house multiple generations. Perhaps they dreamed of filling those bedrooms with many children not yet born. Whatever dream was in their heart, they had to release it the day they began to pack up and move out.
As each of us move through our lives, many dreams are birthed along the way. Some come to fruition and some dreams and desires have to be released and seem to float away from us like a feather caught up in a gust of wind. Usually we find that these dreams and desires were not God’s best for us or maybe we ignored His leading through a God-given dream to the point of derailing ourselves. This is what His word says regarding direction for our lives:
James 1:5Living Bible (TLB)
5 If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.
Release can mean many things. The type of release I am focusing on today is:
allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free.
remit or discharge (a debt).
the action or process of releasing or being released.
the action of releasing property, money, or a right to another.
When we fight long and hard for something and find out from God that it’s time to let it go, we should feel peace in doing so. Sometimes it’s not a tangible thing but maybe a dream we had about how our children would grow up or what they would become. Maybe it’s what you thought a relationship would be and it clearly is not. Perhaps today you are still holding on to something that the Holy Spirit is telling you to release. I encourage you to do it. Don’t wait. Sometimes the new dream God wants to birth in our heart can’t happen until we release the old one.