18 “Don’t remember these earlier events; don’t recall these former events. 19 Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.”
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!”
You read that right – I am posting for Monday on Tuesday. Yesterday was a whirlwind, but I praise God for it, anyway. It has been on my heart to write about “yesterday”, so it seems fitting to post for yesterday, today.
While trying to begin a new year invigorated and putting behind us the failures of last year, it is easy to recognize that we will not achieve everything we set our sights on. In fact, old habits die hard and living intentionally will take some effort. Or sometimes life crowds in and messes up your plans and, well, you realize you will not accomplish that day’s endeavors. It is in those moments that we have an opportunity. Being sidetracked does not have to wreck your day – instead it serves a purpose. Can we be content when the day does not go as planned? Can we see the larger purpose, or are we limited by someone else’s or our own definition of a successful day? Being inconvenienced when other people or ourselves “drop the ball” is an opportunity to apply grace.
Perhaps life’s interruptions are meant to jar us to not become too robotic in our pursuit of our goals and can also serve to help us not lose perspective and remember what is really important. Our days do not have to look perfect, so long as we continue to press on toward the goals we have in Christ. Laugh a little. Laugh a lot. Life is unpredictable, but God is not. One of the greatest comforts we have is in knowing that Jesus never changes, even though our circumstances can change each and every minute. Our yesterdays are all covered and there is hope that Christ can change us in areas we are weak.
When we think about forgetting the past, we consider that often to be a distant past. But part of the victory of living in Christ is that a mistake made or a pain suffered just 5 minutes ago can be brought and laid at our Master’s feet and forgotten. The past is remembered for the sake of improving our lives and our walk before God, but not for condemnation. This year, give it your best and leave the rest to Jesus!
Lord, thank you that everything You use for good for those who love You. Crazy moments are even a tool in Your perfect hands. Help us to consistently serve You with all that You allow into our lives and glorify You in the midst.