ISAIAH 43:19(NLT) – FOR I AM ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING NEW. SEE, I HAVE ALREADY BEGUN! DO YOU NOT SEE IT? I WILL MAKE A PATHWAY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS. I WILL CREATE RIVERS IN THE DRY WASTELAND.
This blog week we have been talking about different ways we can potentially miss seeing the beautiful new things that the Lord is doing in our lives. One way is by doing things that no longer serve us. Although they may have served a purpose in our past, they may not in our present. The second way is through our personal agenda’s. Sometimes we can be so focused on it that we miss all that he is doing in the process. This brings me to the third and final way, which is anticipation of the future.
How many of you at the end of last year were looking forward to the beginning of 2019? Perhaps 2018 was not exactly what you had hoped it would be, and you were wanting a clean slate. Or, maybe it was everything & more than you could have imagined and you were excited about what was to come. Whatever the case may have been for you, could it have kept you from truly seeing all that he was doing at the time? If you’re anything like me, likely so. Sometimes we can be so focused on the future that we miss the gifts that are hidden in the present.
The truth is, each day that we are given the Lord is doing something new in and through us all. It is the point of our existence. We were not meant to stay as we are, but rather become all that he created us to be. It is a process, my friends. That is, we are a work in progress. Let us strive to embrace the new by living every moment fully present. In doing so, we will begin to see the “pathways” and “rivers” before us! I am sure of it!
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Could our busy schedules be keeping us from embracing the new that the Lord is attempting to do in our lives? Are we so focused on our own agenda’s that we are failing to see the things that he is doing before our eyes? Although I cannot speak for you guys, I, for one, can see where this has been the case in my own life.
As a planner, I generally have my days planned out in advance. From the time that I wake up until I go to bed, I have a To-Do list of task that I check off each day. This combined with daily disciplines that I rarely veer from, like going to the gym help me to stay focused, be productive and achieve goals. This routine all started when my children were younger. During that time, I was working long hours and trying desperately to be the best wife and mother I could be. In order to do that, I woke up extra early and worked from a To-Do list that prioritized things that were important me. I didn’t want to jeopardize my family and their needs for the sake of building a career.
That said, over the years I have grown more and more dependent on my To-Do list. Because of this, I often have to step back , regroup and remind myself not to be so laser focused on the task at hand, that I miss the things that the Lord is doing in my life. After all, our journey here on earth is all about him and his plan for us, right?
So, what about you? Is it possible that your schedule could be keeping you from seeing and experiencing the things that the Lord is trying to do in your life? If so, are you willing to forgo somethings throughout your day in order to embrace it? I sure hope so. For he is doing new thing, my friends! Let’s dare not miss it!
Can you think of something in your past that served a purpose at the time, but no longer serves you today? Take this old barn for example, I’m sure at one time it served the purpose of housing farm animals like horses, but in it’s current state, it would not be a good option for them today. This brings me to my first point of the blog week of things that keep us from embracing the new and that is the past.
See, if we allow it, our past will rob us from the new and beautiful things that the Lord is doing in our life today. One thing that stands out in my own life, is our children. When they were younger, I would teach, guide and protect them by holding their little hands and walking them through various experiences. But now that they are older, I let them figure somethings out on their own. And while I am here to love, support and advise them should they want me to, I no longer hold their hands. I believe this approach gives the Lord space to do what he wants to do in and through them.
So, could there be something in your past that is keeping you for embracing the new things that the Lord is trying to do in your life today? Perhaps its something that you’ve been doing for years that served a purpose initially, but no longer serves you today. Or, maybe it is something or someone that hurt you. Are you allowing it/them to keep you from embracing the new? If so, it’s time to let it go! Don’t allow the old to keep you from the new, my friend! For HE is doing a NEW THING!