Green shoots are springing up everywhere as we look around outside in this new season. Some plants that appeared dead have sprouted new growth, and isn’t it a delight to look upon evidence of new life? This can bring hope, hope as new life is seen in the natural world and hope as new life is in us as God’s children.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
As a friend said to me recently, the past year was a rough year. Certainly we all dealt with the usual challenges in life, but also had to face the pandemic, turmoil in our country, and, in Texas, a rare deep freeze. The Lord has seen us through it all, wouldn’t you say? Thankfully, we can emerge from this time with stronger faith, with more resiliency and endurance, for we have seen again that God is good and that He has brought us through. God is always faithful to be with us and to bring us through.
It is time to shake ourselves off and move forward. It is time to step into all the Lord has for us ahead. It is time to giddy-up and go!
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV)
In order for us to go on into the new, we must move past the past that would hold us back. What is holding you back? Are you still reeling from what’s happened this last year (and may still be happening) to your family, your ministry, your job, things you care deeply about? Are you caught in a place of fear, sorrow, pain, hopelessness? Are you worn down and worn out?
The scripture above commands us to leave the past behind. Easier said than done, right? Sometimes our focus is on those things we no longer can do anything about resulting in regret, discouragement, depression, or overwhelming sadness or grief. We are to process with the Lord that which is hindering us or stopping us from moving ahead. We are to trust in God as our Healer, the Lifter of our Head, and the Restorer.
Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
Then we move on. We are open to the new thing the Lord is doing; we are looking for it to spring forth. Even where there has been wilderness or desert in our lives, we trust in God to make a new way. We are not stuck any longer. A road in the wilderness! Rivers in the desert! Jesus is the Way. As we put our hand is His, He leads us forward showing us the path. He directs our steps. He makes the crooked places straight. We are simply to trust Him.
In chapter 1 of the book of Joshua, God calls Joshua to become the new leader of the Israelites and is given his assignment: to lead the people across the Jordan to Canaan to claim the land as an inheritance. God’s words to Joshua ring true for us today as we say “yes” to God’s call and to God’s assignments as we advance His kingdom.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:8-9 NKJV)
It’s time to move forward in the light of His glory and grace. It’s time to spring forth into the new!