This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “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 43:16, 18-19 NIV
I love the new year. With the ticking over of that clock we are suddenly free to step into all things…well…new. Adventures, risks, clean slates, disciplines – grand declarations that a new season has/should/will arrive.
But a new season can only arrive when an old one is finished. For some, 2014 was difficult. For others, the last ten years was difficult! To be honest, I am one who fits into that category. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve experienced inordinate blessing and happiness during that time too but life has been dotted with a fair amount of devastation. I can too often find myself looking back and wishing certain things hadn’t happened, imagining what life would be like, and even grumbling about the people who played a part in my deviation from what was sure to be a ‘perfect’ life.
The thing is, I believe that God has a new plan for me. At the very moment of my loss it was not those people or those circumstances that changed the course of my life, it was Jesus. At the very moment of my world being thrown off its axis, He stepped in and re-calibrated the plan…for the better.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
With that in mind, every time that we wish our life were something else, somewhere else – remembering, regretting – we are actually despising the new plan. The new, perfect, God-breathed plan that is laid out for us if only we would stop looking back.
So if 2014 was a tough one for you, this is your invitation to join me in stepping into the new thing. No ‘what if’s’, no looking back. No despising the new, unfamiliar, couldn’t have imagined my life would look like this, but instead leaning in and embracing the hope that is laid out before us.
Here’s to trust. Here’s to faith. Here’s to a new season.
From my new plan to yours – here’s to 2015!
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