I’ve been thinking about what you said– about how you want things the way they were before between you and God. And I’m telling you that you can’t get it back anymore, rather, you get something new. I don’t know if I explained myself all that well, but here’s more of what I have to say about that.
In the Bible, God said, “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.” (Isaiah 43:18-19) And I just love it that we have a God who doesn’t want us to be stuck in a moment–whether it was good or not– but would rather open up new horizons, lay out new roads for us to travel, find nourishment for our souls in unexpected places.
My church, WinMakati, is moving to a new place next year– well, that’s actually in a few days. We’re having our service at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 on January 2. Every thing’s all packed up. A few days ago, I stood there in the midst of all the packing and I found myself staring at the walls and corners where I had very vivid memories of the first time I had been there. It filled my heart with so much strangeness– a mixture of humor, chagrin, sadness in the light of what happened between then and now. I had to literally shake myself and order myself to move on. Give thanks for those times, move on. Soon, those walls would be torn down, those corners no more. The chairs we once sat on will be moved to the next center. There’s literally no going back.
Maybe this is another lesson for us, a literal application of the forward motion God is urging us to take– both as a church and as His children. There’s still so much more to Him than what we have known in the past, and how eager He is to show us more that He doesn’t want us to keep on hanging on to the old stuff!
Isn’t this exciting?!
And so I urge you, my dear old friend (yes, even if I haven’t heard from you for over a decade before you just popped back into existence in my world, I still consider you as my friend) to keep on moving forward. Keep on walking, reaching out for Him. Don’t be afraid to ask, to seek Him. He wants to be found! Call to Him and He will answer you! This desire– this longing that you have is from Him.
God writes a different story for each of us. Do not look and be envious of what I have, or what other people have. You have your own story with Him. Live this one. Don’t give up! It’s not always easy (because that would be boring!), but trust Him, stay with Him, and He’ll take you through a great adventure in His amazing grace.
Keep on going. Consider me as one of your cheerleaders.
Happy New Year.
January 1, 2011 is just another day, right? But why is it that we always like to think that January 1 is kinda like a reset? We hang on to the last few days of December, putting off what we want to do for January 1 because it seems like the perfect time for a new start.
But just like January 1 is just another day, every day is a perfect day for a new start.