“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43: 18-19, Amplified Bible)
Let’s bid farewell to yesterday and start fresh into this New Year. Let’s give ourselves the permission to let go of what went before and to seize this fresh opportunity to realize and claim all the good that God is promising us.
It is tempting to reflect on the past, either with regret, pain, loss, or with a sort of wistfulness that the good old days, or our own personal best days, are behind us. God wants us to “listen carefully,” and to do so we have to be in this moment—attentive and ready. If we are looking over our shoulder we can’t walk forward naturally and comfortably, nor can we see the real new view of our lives ahead, unfurled generously and progressively for us to enter in.
We can’t judge what is to come based on yesterday. That limited sense is too small for our unlimited God, Who is ready to show us the way where we didn’t see it, the infinite possibilities that may have seemed to us before impossible. God’s nature is never stale or old or lost or declining. Everything about Him is new, fresh, invigorating, lively, and full of Love for His ideas—you and me.
Listen. Be ready. Now is the time and here is the place. Happy New Year!
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