“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.
There are many times in our lives we find ourselves chugging along when something from our past smacks us in the face. This could be old habits, relationships, or just simply stinking thinking. Whatever it may be, it deters us from the ultimate plan or what God has in store for us. After reading this passage again this week, it had a whole new meaning for me and I hope by sharing with you it does for you as well.
As I was struggling this week with smoking cigarettes I needed this scripture to help me abort the destructive mission I was about to partake in. I remember describing the action to a friend as “sifting through the trash God has already cleaned up.” You see God delivered me from smoking back in August and for unknown reason I had a craving and a urge. I regretfully gave in for 3 weeks. I prayed by myself, I prayed with friends, and I tried to quit again. Somehow this stronghold was back and I could not shake it.That was until one day I was so sick. I did not know why but I felt completely horrible. I prayed again but this time earnestly because I wanted God to know I could not go through this again.
He spoke to me and reminded me of this scripture. I immediately felt calmer and slept the rest of the day. I have not smoked since. I know God is trying to do something new in my life and I must get out of His way to allow it to happen. I ask if there are things or people in your life that you know are stopping you from going to the next level or God already removed them from your life…..don’t go back….Can’t you see He is doing something new for you?
Yesterday was really interesting. I was on my way to meet some new friends. I left early so I would make it. Instead of staying on track I detoured and went somewhere to take a really quick picture.
Once I was there I noticed a young lady taking pictures alone like myself. I offered to take her picture and this sparked up a conversation. She told me how she had been traveling the US for a month. She has been to New York, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite park. She was from China and lived in Paris for 6 years. I was intrigued.
Again, I already had plans to meet up with a group of new friends. So I asked her if she had seen the Lincoln Memorial and we could go together.
We walked and talked some more and after 20 minutes of walking realized we were lost. When we looked up to see how far it was it was 20 minutes. Instead of calling someone I just went home.
This is an example of how the devil tries to detour us. Although I know that all things come together for good, Romans 8:28, I still felt afterwards like this was a ploy. I was on my way to worship in His name and celebrate another disciples Birthday, but my own need for socialization got in the way. I really want to travel and experience new things, once I heard of her trip I was hooked.
I thought I was hooking her by inviting her with me, but we never made it to the destination.
Focus is something that has been on my heart heavy and if I kept Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”, on the forefront, I would’ve stayed on path.
All in all, this has allowed me to see how “keeping your eyes on the prize,” is beneficial and detrimental in your walk of faith.