What’s possible in your future often depends on what you do with your past. If you choose to carry the weight of the disappointments, rejections, injustices, wounds, and failures, repeating them over and over in your mind, you’ll limit your future to what seems safe, familiar, and controllable.
But if you’re willing to put the past in his hands, God will lovingly, joyfully, and patiently teach you to fully live and grow in the new life he’s given you. I know forgiveness isn’t always easy. You may need to release the one who hurt you into God’s hands a thousand times. But every time you do, you increase more of your peace, and displace more of your pain.
Keep working with him. Stay in his process. He’ll give you the grace to transform difficult memories into purposeful life experience, and all the love, joy, hope, strength, and faith to take the next step into a new adventure with him.
“Forget what’s behind. It’s nothing compared to the new thing I’m about to do. I’ve already begun—can you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness, and flow rivers through the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).