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 wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
This past year we moved locally as a family. In the summer. In the desert. It is safe to say that was not one of the highlights of this past year. No matter how far you move, the process is still the same. Everything you own goes into a box. You do not have what you need when you need it. Things get lost and misplaced. During that time, you are temporarily living out of suitcases, bags, and toiletry kits. We described this time as the “in-between” time. We weren’t where we once were, and we weren’t where we were going to be. We were “in-between.”
This week is the in-between week. It’s after Christmas, but it’s before the New Year. An entire year is coming to end. Much has happened this past year: new relationships, new growth, difficult challenges, losses, and wins. I’m sure you can process your own list as you reflect on this past year. Maybe you find yourself “in-between” in some area of your life.
Do we spend this time looking back, or looking forward? The answer is, Yes. Biblically, we are encouraged to remember what God has done in the past.
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes,
I will remember your wonders of old.
– Psalm 77:1
Never forget God’s faithfulness from the past. But that doesn’t mean we are to live in the past.
The exciting news is that God is the God of the new (Isaiah 43:18-19). No matter what happened today, a sunrise awaits tomorrow. New days, new weeks, new months, and new years. The great news is that we are not defined by what happened yesterday.
As followers of Jesus, we believe the best days are still to come. We believe this next year will be the best year yet. We aren’t where we ultimately long to be, but that is ok because one day we will be.
Thought of the day: During this in-between, take some time to reflect on where you have seen God at work. Write it down. As a new year begins, take time to write down what you sense God asking you to do in 2020.
Prayer: God, thank You for sustaining me through this past year. Thank You for being the God of the new. Thank You for another year. Give me the wisdom to know what to do this next year. I ask You for the courage to do what I sense You are asking me to do.