Don't look back

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I came across these pajama pants while cleaning out my closet today. I hesitated getting rid of them because I think they are really cute, but……. There is that “but” we all don’t like! The fact is that these pants bring back really bad memories of being sick in 2013. The fact is that I felt like I lived in these pants. They were my companion, my best friend, they were comfortable to me. I also think that in some strange way I figured if I was going to be ill on the couch, I could at least look cute. Looking cute and feeling cute are two completely different things.

I also remember that it was these pants that I had on when one of my dearest friends came to pray over me while I was sick. What God did for me through her that day is a good memory, but the pants still had to go. Looking at them made me fearful, it brought back feelings I don’t like to remember. It is like God was saying to me, “Get rid of those pants! Why do you want to be reminded of such a dark time? Remember what I did for you, NOT the bad stuff!” Remembering where God has brought you from and being humbled and grateful is a good thing. Letting yourself go backwards is not.

Immediately I took a picture of them on my bed because I knew I had to write this devotional for you today. I took the photo and the pants are now in the trash. I want you to do the same my friend. What are you holding onto that you need to let go of? What do you  need to throw away for good?  What reminders do you have around your house that take you back to places you don’t need to go?

The verse I want to leave you with is what came to my mind the moment I sat down to write this for you. Easter is upon us, let Him do a new thing for you!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

Living Free,


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Rene' Collins

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