Everyone experiences loss at some point in life. It could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a dream or simply a lost opportunity. If we aren't careful, those losses in life can be like potholes in the road to our destiny that can get us stuck and keep us from moving forward.
Scripture tells us there is a season to mourn. You don't want to miss that season, but you don't want to get stuck there either. When a door in your life closes, God always gives you the grace to move forward. Scripture says He will give you beauty for ashes. What are those ashes? Those are the places where life has burned you. What is the beauty? His healing and restoration beyond what you could ever imagine!
Today, if you are ready to move beyond a loss, begin by searching your heart for any unforgiveness. Unforgiveness holds us back. Forgiveness sets us free to move forward. Forgiveness doesn't justify or excuse what happened; it simply means that you are trusting God to move you past the disappointment into His divine appointment.
Make the choice right now to release yesterday, release what didn't work out, forgive and trust God to move you beyond loss into the blessing and victory He has in store for your future.
"…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…" (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV)