Sometimes I think we stumble on the road ahead because we keep looking behind us.
We don’t see where we are going and we can’t perceive the possibilities.
And when we feel like we’ve messed everything up too much to ever get it sorted out right we get stuck, grow sad, feel lost.
But what if we just glance over our shoulder at what was, learn from it and move on?
Choosing to refuse regret and its companion resentment and leave the land of what might have been. Memories may bring comfort and familiarity might seem safe, but God says in Isaiah 43:18-19:
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 desert and streams in the wasteland.
Going forward can be a bit of a scary thing, but truly the former is no longer an option and we are not yet where we are meant to be.
And this process of evolution, of becoming the woman or man God has created us to be, of fulfilling our destiny and purpose on earth, will keep rolling us forward, changing us as we submit to God and His higher ways.
So, with our reason resolved and our foot on the path ahead, let’s get started. The horizon, though bright, is somewhat obscured due to early morning fog. We have only enough sunlight for just the next step.
And that is all we need.
By your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
from living by your righteous order.
In faith we travel onward seeking to honor God in all our choices — our words, thoughts, careers, marriage. We realize it’s a trust thing. Either we will trust that still small voice inside our heart or not.
And what are the alternatives if we shut the door of our heart and disavow the call?
We will never be happy standing still where we are.
We don’t want to live our days in frustration, futility and fear.
No one likes to get a big fat F on their report card. Considering this report card is for our life! So let’s choose wisely no matter how many times in the past we did not.
And may our hearts respond by saying, “I am going to change my life for the better.”
One day at a time.
So help us, Jesus.
Pursuing God. And Him with good plans for us filled with gifts of grace great and small all along the way.
I don’t want to finish the race and realize there was so much left undone, do you?
We listen to that little voice inside echoing back to our hearts…it is now or never.
And a chill runs up our spine. We are just a step away from missing the adventure of a lifetime if we don’t move out and on.
While we may stumble a bit on life’s new-every-day journey and at times not know exactly which turn in the road to take, we can’t ever look back again.
The past is gone. The past is over. Old dreams are dead. Bury them at the foot of the cross and let Jesus resurrect a new story, a true story, just for you and just for me.
So with a hand over our chest to seemingly still the frantic beating of our oft-times wayward heart, let’s get moving. The fog is rolling back, clouds that darkened our path are lifting and we are beginning to see clearly the road that lies before us.
Marker signs emerge. We make it to the next one and the next. A journey of a thousand miles begins with that very first step.
No time for waiting any longer. Saying so long to what was, we let go. And we keep letting go until we no longer need think about it. Until we hold life with open hands. Receiving.
Getting out of our head for perhaps the very first time in our life, following our heart’s desire that is as old as the foundations of the earth.
For today is a new day so let’s step into new life with joy and anticipation. Much good is on the path ahead. And He will be right there beside us, leading us. And always loving us.
I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. God’s Decree.
I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you—God’s Decree—bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 Message
And we’ll take His hand and trust Him who knows the end from the beginning and is hereto set things Straight in our lives.
And the place we finally get to is the place we were meant to be all along…
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