2017 — It’s a New Year and a New Start.
Many people make resolutions for things they want to change at the beginning of a new year. I don’t really put much stock in that to be honest. But there is something to the start of a new year that one anticipates some kind of change in their life. For me, the dawning of 2017 brought a move to a new living situation. It also brought a new work schedule with the House of Prayer here. With anything new, it takes time to get into the groove of it- to figure out exactly how to walk it out. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes. At first, it’s a little painful but after some time, things relax and become comfortable. I also do feel an invitation from the Lord to a lot of upcoming change. I don’t know yet fully what that will look like, but I believe it to be true. In the midst of change, it can be really easy to lose your footing. Letting go of what was sure and what you knew and grabbing for what is yet to be is scary! Change always brings new difficulties. I can definitely vouch that this is true in my own life in very practical ways. So how do we get through this?
So far, I’ve been talking about change as it relates to outward tangible things. Change can also refer to an inward reality. A friend recently asked me what do you do when you just want to give up and give in because the inward pull is so strong? What do you do with a desire that is persistent though you want it to go away? Attractions and emotions seem to be ever coming and going, sometimes intense and at other times they are manageable. For both inward and outward changes, I’ve found only one thing as a solution: cling to the Unchanging One.
Thankfully, we have a God that doesn’t change and is stable and secure. He is the Rock that is Higher, the One that is permanently sitting on a throne. When I feel like a boat being tossed violently by the waves, I calm my soul in God.
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:27-31
The way to remain steady and stable is always to follow God by keeping our eyes on Him. Abiding in Him is truly the only way to life and fruitfulness in the midst of any kind of changes. We can talk to Him (prayer)at anytime about anything! This is even better than trying to coordinate a coffee time with a best friend. We also get to shift our focus off of the raging storm and on to something and someone better (worship). When we remind ourselves of who God is, then it’s easier to not be afraid because our confidence is in Him instead of ourselves. These are very important easy keys for us all!
We not only have God, but we also have His people. I’ve found that being able to express what’s going on and being heard by a brother or sister helps. Because there you have support and someone to pray with and for you.
So what is 2017 going to be like? Well I think it just might be a little wild! This year seems to promise new adventures for us with new opportunities. We will step into things that we have only dreamed of. But this year, we will see it with our own eyes. There is something of breakthrough and freedom this year. If we remain in faith of who God is instead of doubt, we just might find ourselves doing impossible things this year. Peter sure did.
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How do you deal with change? What personal changes do you feel God is speaking to you about for 2017? What dreams do you want to see fulfilled?