Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 43:18-19…
Don’t remember the prior things; don’t ponder ancient history. Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.
Today’s blog post is by Monique Meyer, Director of Communications…
When I started writing this post, I was actually taking it in a different direction – but somehow, I ended up writing this. We are almost one week into our 40-day faith-stretching, and I have to say that I have felt an overwhelming “push” to look ahead. I don’t necessarily mean to look ahead far into the future to plan something. I mean to look ahead and move along happily enjoying life, knowing that God will always make a way through anything. I’m not the type of person that obsesses about how things in the past could have been different had I done or said things another way. But, I do catch myself analyzing other people’s past (e.g. mom, sibling, etc.) to attempt to understand why they do the things they do or why they may have reacted to me in a certain way, therefore ultimately holding some kind of tiny grudge or resentment instead of letting things go.
We all have bad days and I would imagine that if I actually spoke to them at the time about the way I felt about a situation, I would have learned that it had nothing to do directly with me. It definitely sucks sometimes to be at the receiving end of the not-so-nice reactions people give to others. But, maybe they don’t even realize how they are presenting themselves.
My “push” to look forward—my recognition that God is overall sprouting something new—is telling me that even in those stressful, awkward moments, I can forgive and move on because they are such minor things, past occurrences now, that don’t matter in the bigger, most awesome plan that God has for me.
What’s your push?