Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18
My friend Amy is six month’s pregnant. You can look at her and know immediately that new life is forming within her. Like Amy, God is birthing new life in me. The challenge is that in order for God to birth the new, he has to strip the old.
On our journey from Washington to California, I observed beautiful mountains. Seeing areas stripped of trees, I was initially filled with sadness. The forest appeared naked and exposed. That sadness was released when I realized the harvested trees now served a different purpose. Their time of growth concluded which allowed them to fill a need somewhere else. Their removal allowed the planting of new seedlings which now take root below ground in the sunshine and open space. These tender new plants never would have survived under the canopy of the earlier trees.
When I experience stripping of past securities, comforts, possessions, I need to not allow the longing for the beauty of the past to hinder the growth of the new.
- What dreams, people, or longings do you need to release?
- Are you clinging to anything that hinders you from experiencing new life?