New Year. New Thing. New Perspective.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! I wanted to start this New Year off with a faith blog post. This one is titled New Year. New Thing. New Perspective. I remember before the start of this past season of my life, I kept seeing the following Bible verse from Isaiah 43:19:

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
New Thing New Perspective

New Year. New Thing. New Perspective.

At first I was hopeful about the promise found in Isaiah 43:19. I truly believed that God was showing me that he was going to deliver me from my dysfunctional situation. I wondered what that "new thing" would entail. I sure didn't anticipate the trials and pain that came along with allowing God to tear down the old things in order to prepare a way for the new thing. And I didn't know it at the time, but what I needed more than anything to embrace this move of God was a new perspective to stay encouraged and keep going with the right attitude.

Change is not easy for some of us. Leaving the comfortable and taking those first steps into uncertainty is scary. You have to be open to letting go, and depending on your situation, you may have let go of a few things or what feels like everything that you have. The digging up of the old things may also look like chaos and the situations surrounding the dig may be very unpleasant and even heartbreaking. Yet, we have to give those hurts to God and trust that it is for our good. On top of that, because the process is very personal to each of us, no one may understand why what we are letting go of or experiencing is so very hard for us as individuals.You may feel alone and may not feel like you are receiving the support from others that you may desire. In those moments, you will need to really seek God, pray and even pour out your heart to him. You may also need to ask him for the right perspective, understanding, and strength to gracefully accept and handle the trials. I had to actually write out my feelings and my prayers at times to calm my anxious heart and mind. I think the physical act and reflection that it took to translate what was going on inside on paper calmed me like nothing else could.

The Right Perspective

The right perspective involves taking God at his word and having faith that he will make all things work together for your good. That is definitely easier said than done. Sometimes I would read faith blogs or listen to faith podcasts where the blogger or speaker would state how we should not let the storms from our trials distract us without even acknowledging the emotional struggles or how to do so. My flesh would protest when I was most frustrated and it would be hard for me to receive the message. But to grow deeper with God, we have to give less power to those feelings, believing that God wants to walk with us through this and wants the best for us. We have to remember that we wouldn't have desired more of God and said those prayers requesting better if we didn't already realize that there had to be more for us. 

I want to leave some Bible verses that comforted me during my previous season of change because there may come a time when you are frustrated or angry and you need to reflect on some Biblical truths. I wish I would have reflected on these more and wrote them down somewhere, so that I could see them everyday. It would have been good to see the promises when my focus would drift to my circumstances. These verses spoke to me. However, you may find that there are others that speak to you more or bring you more comfort.

The verses I recommend reflecting on are:

  • This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
  • For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
  • and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
  • My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalms 34:19)
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
  • Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)
  • For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalms 30:5)
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  • Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. . . " (John 14:6)
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28)
  • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

In closing, I would just like to say that through the discomfort, we have to remember that the right thing or things that are good for us do not always feel good. For example, with my son, when I see that he is ready, I will add on more responsibility or set more boundaries. I even have to tell him no various times throughout the day to what he wants and doesn't realize isn't good for him. I discipline him out of love. Furthermore, sometimes I stand back and allow him to try things that he is uncomfortable trying to stretch him and push him beyond his limitations or fears. It brings me comfort believing that God is taking that same care when it comes to us hoping and believing the best for us.

I would also like to add that when I have taken leaps of faith that seemed opposite of what I'd do or what seems right according to a worldly view, I noticed that I felt a sense of peace (when I knew I was being led by God). I came to the realization that even through fear or uncertainty, I knew that I would rather be the person trying to find God and taking leaps of faith, than the person bound by fear and the expectations or limitations of others. I hope you all have a blessed day and are inspired to take more leaps of faith in this new year. I also hope you are courageous to let go of the things God is showing you is not good for you. He knows what you don't know and sees beyond what you can see.

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