“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
Lately, I’ve been thinking that God is going to change some things in my life, and I am scared to death.
Why do we resist change?
What is it about it that feels like such a threat?
Change means that we temporarily will be in unfamiliar territory where we will feel out of control.
But newness cannot come without change.
As I think about changes, my mind goes back to situations that have not turned out at all like I thought they would.
I was so full of hope when my pastor told me I would be delivered. I believed that God was going to heal me. But then I was harmed even more.
Remember not the former things…
But how can I forget?
I long to forget.
To grab hold of the new.
But what keeps me from it?
Fear of more disappointment and pain.
Is God playing tricks on me?
Can He be trusted to really deliver on His promises?
The conversation in my head sounds all too familiar.
Filling her head with lies.
And she listened.
So did I.
So do I.
But how do I not listen and believe his lies?
Especially when changes come.
Especially when I have lost so much.
What is holding me back?
Why can’t I let go?
What do I need to let go of to grab hold of something new?
Control of my emotions.
It is OK to admit that I am not strong.
That I need help.
Getting help makes me vulnerable.
How do I know that I won’t be harmed again?
I don’t know that I won’t.
But I do know now that I have choices even if someone tries to abuse me.
God has given me a voice to stop it and to ask for help.
Not everyone is out to abuse.
Some people care.
It’s ok to let them.
Help me, God.
Help my unbelief.
Help me to let go.
To accept change.
To receive the new.
To hope again.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV