Isaiah 43:18-19 New International Version (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 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.
I woke up this morning thinking about the past. I understand the importance of not dwelling on it. The Bible is clear in verse 18 above ~ forget the former things and do not dwell on the past. Then as we move forward in verse 19, we see that God is doing a new thing! That brings so much hope to my life and hopefully yours too. God is all powerful and in charge of each day of life. It takes us to surrender our thoughts, will and actions to him. Much easier said than done at times.
NIGHT TIME ~ can bring dreams or nightmares we never wanted. It takes us right back to the past and we wake up a little shaking thinking it's our now of life. We have an opportunity to see how far God has brought us from yesterdays. I value the fact of knowing that God loves me no matter what. My mistakes are over and a new day set before me. Maybe life didn't turn out the way I thought, but it's not over. Yeah, it's not over and my choices continue to matter. Your choices continue to matter.
YOU ARE IMPORTANT ~
Maybe someone has told you harsh words, untruths and hurts consume your thoughts. Maybe you tell yourself untruths about life. It's time to focus on the words that God gives us. Positive and uplifting words of hope into a new day. Yesterday is done and gone. Today is what matters my friends. Today is a new day and focus on that.
As the verses above continue. God speaks about making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. That tells me that he knows what is ahead in this day and has a greater plan. Hold onto Jeremiah 29:11 A plan, A promise and A future. Looking ahead can often scare us and the unknown is hard when facing a hard situation. So take one day at a time and moment by moment.
God, many of us face a hard day and others face a good day. Hard things to deal with can consume us but knowing that you are in control is easier. Help those who need direction, new beginnings and open doors. Send people into the path of each of us who are positive people and encouragers. Help us to be encourager to someone else too. Many need jobs, homes, car, money, health and the list goes on. You know exactly what each one needs and I'm agreeing with them now for their prayer to be answered. You are all the all knowing God and we can't often see beyond today. So help this day be a good one for each of us. I thank you for connecting our lives through this blog. AMEN
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.