They Were Born To Go

giants causewayYou can think of their names as soon as I ask you the question: who have you lost in your life? Who has been taken by death or by choice, by time or by a lack of caring? Who have you lost due to the failures of a thin friendship, or a love that was so terribly disordered? Who are the people you would give anything to have back?

My list of names is quite long. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to keep track of them all. And my list includes some heavy hitters–mother, father, sister, grandmother, best friend, and a great love. Sometimes when another loss hits me, all the others wash over me like a tidal wave. Does this ever happen to you? Where one thing goes wrong and suddenly you are reminded of every catastrophic event in your life that ever knocked you off your feet? As a Christian, I’ve come to understand that the Enemy loves this. He locks your legs to a ball and chain anchoring you in the past. He drudges up your hopelessness, your fear of being alone, your insecurities, all in the hopes of destroying you. You are simply a conquest to him and he fights dirty.

I often think what it would be like for Christ to consider the list of people who turned their back on him or left him due to death. Throngs of names would be on that list. And what’s worse, each name is someone who He knows in the most intimate way. No one else on earth knows those names better than He does. No one on this earth loves them more than He does. Christ has demonstrated the depth and immensity of His love in the sacrifice of His life–done out of pure, unadulterated love. How his heart must break.

So what do we do? How do we cope with the losses in our lives? The broken promises, the false friends, the absence of some of the most essential people? We are allowed to weep, and we are allowed to mourn. Don’t get me wrong here. You’re allowed to be angry (and in your anger do not sin) and you’re allowed to feel sad. Yet we are not called or required to remain in those emotions. We are asked to let it go.

Letting it go is easier said than done, to be sure. And I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Christ lets these things go when they are done to Him. While he forgives and shows grace, I think He feels the absence of every one of His children. But we can’t handle that. We are asked to let things go, to cling to the Cross, and to receive perfect satisfaction from it. We must realize that are were never truly alone, and that we’ve been given the deepest relationship known to man. Jesus, the man who is God, who has single handedly shaped the face of the world as we know it, has sought after you. No one you have lost in your life will ever have been able to offer you what Christ offers you through the Cross. While your pain is understood and felt by God, nothing compares to the love that poured out its life for you at Calvary. So when you feel wronged or left behind, let it go. Let Him pick you up, dust you off, and set you back on the road. Understand that no one in this life is bound to you, and we are created to go by some means, be it death or choice or whatever else. Turn towards the hope that doesn’t leave, the love that never dies, and the truth that is revealed in the person and work of Jesus. Your life will not be empty. Your cup will overflow.

let it go – the
e.e. cummings

let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to
go

let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go
dear

so comes love

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