“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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 43:18-19)
There are times that God is wanting to do something “new” and yet we’re still stuck in the “old.” It’s hard at times. To let go, and especially of what’s familiar, and what we know. It seems easier to stay “comfortable,” to just keep going with the flow, not to mess anything up. But then “new” happens, and often that sends us spiraling, on one big, long loop, right out of our comfort zone ….
For those who like change — “new” is mostly exciting. Yet, for those who don’t like change — “new” is mostly stressful ….
Your family, if you’re like most, is probably a mix of both of those two traits. But here’s what I love about God. He thinks and works outside our own box of thinking. He doesn’t always work in the ways that we would have chosen for our “new thing” — if we had to have a “new” thing that is ….
He sees the big picture. He knows what He’s doing. He works behind the scenes of life that unfold our every day, in the places where we can’t always see or understand all of the “why’s” and this may be the very reason that He tells us not to “lean to our own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
So we stop looking in our rearview mirror, and we can learn to trust that He has our best in mind. That He’s got our back. He’s with us right now. And He’s secured our future too, therefore we can rest in this new year that every ending really is just a new beginning …..
Sometimes our “new” comes out of great blessing, new opportunities. And sometimes it comes through great pain or huge loss. People move, life happens, decisions are made, many change jobs, kids grow up, and there are times we might go through some really tough struggles. We may even start to feel cheated, like life is unfair …
But it still breathes this truth: God is not finished with our lives yet. You’re still here. And He has great purpose in all that you walk through, even in every life change and season …..
Whether we recognize it or not, we’re rubbing shoulders everyday with people that we needed to meet in our “new,” however hard that new thing may be. Even our struggles have a purpose ….
We can rest in His care for us. He knows. He sees. He works in ways we don’t always “get,” but there’s peace in knowing we don’t have to try to control it all. We can let go — let go of the need to figure it all out, and the striving to make things happen …..
Just take a breath. Trust Him. Our future awaits, and there’s still good around the bend. God has much more in store. If you find yourself in a new season right now, or you’re struggling to find the good in changing times, be assured that God has the best in store. Choose to trust that He’s working on your behalf today, even in ways you may not fully see or be aware of yet ….
Heavenly Father, I give You my will and my life and I surrender all that I am to Your will for my life. I ask You to change me Lord, and help me to focus my mind only on those things which are good and would give others the support and encouragement that they need. Increase within me wisdom and understanding to know Your will for my life and to follow and obey whatever task that You place before me each day. I know that without You, I can never change on my own or by any power of myself, but when I allow You to work through me I will show forth the light and love of Jesus to all that You place in my path. May everyone see only Him as they look at me, and may everything that I think, say, and do be representative of Him alone. I give You all the praise and all the glory for my life today, and I thank You for what You are about to do in my life in the days and months to come, and may Thy Will — not mine be done. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen ….