March 12, 2013 | 09:38 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

Letting Go Limbo

Why is it that we hold onto the past even when we know it is holding us back? It would seem a hurtful past would be easy to let go of so that we can embrace a new future. But our own experience tells us that this is not easy to do.

This defies common sense unless we understand one fundamental thing about letting go. When we prepare to let go we often have nothing new to grab hold of. This is why we struggle to let go. We would rather cling to a known past than enter an unknown future. 

If letting go was simply a matter of swapping our past for a new future, no problem. However, there is a “letting go gap” in which we have to experience the limbo of being between the past and the future.

This is also true as we move through seasons of faith. Paul writes about this in Philippians, where he details his religious past and describes his religious future. In doing so he says, “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own” (3:12). He is in “letting go limbo.” The only reason he no longer clings to his past is because he knows that Christ is with him and will guide him as he discovers a new future.

Many of us are in a place where we know that the past is holding us back, yet we struggle to let go because of our fear of an uncertain future. Know this: God will be with us in the gap and guide us to where we yearn to be. So don’t be afraid. Let go.