The thought of a “fresh start” can sometimes seem like more of an idea than a reality. My state has gone through some drastic changes in this last year. The year 2016 has left its embossment on many of us for sure. We’ve had police and civilian violence, racial divide, historic flooding, the loss of the material belongings of thousands of families, and worst of all, the mental distress that trails with all the devastation. Yet even still God showed up in every nook and cranny of each harsh blow that the enemy intended for destruction and every moment of despair. Hearts have been tattered and knees bloodied with pleas for relief. Now here we stand, facing a new day and in many ways, though the sun rises and sets, many things seem to be slow changing in front of our eyes.
Yet a NEW DAY is still before us.
It’s like being in a waiting room full of people and never hearing anyone’s name called. You look around counting people and minutes. You pick up a magazine and maybe even learn some random facts or yummy recipe. Then finally, your name is called! And you are more ready than ever to get out of your seat and get to that patient room for your appointment.
I’ve learned that many times, our “fresh start” begins in the waiting room. Where we have time to sit, observe, and trust. Where God has space to teach us. Where what’s needed for our “appointment” is being prepped. Ironically our starting line could be our waiting line for a while. Here at the waiting line, we have an opportunity to invest in fresh faith and a renewed trust that will fuel our new beginnings with sustainability.
In the Psalms David writes, “1 To you, oh Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in you I trust;” Psalm 25:1-2a. Before David became king, he was in an extended waiting period where he used every chance he could to practice trusting God with his situation and his life. God used each moment in David’s wait to prepare David to be a great king, through character building and the strengthening of his spirit. “3 Indeed, none who wait on the Lord shall be put to shame;” Psalm 25:3a .
‘Our wait in the arms of our loving Father is not much of a wait at all.’
Our physical wait is the beginning of a strong start in our faith first that prepares us for a strong start in the physical.
At the “waiting” line we see, we hear, we practice, and we learn so that we are fully molded for our day of appointment. When we submit to the will of God and His timing, He teaches us His ways and directs our steps. “4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4.
Following in David’s example of hunger and humility forms in us a renewed perspective and right heart which readies us for the race past the starting line. We have the privilege of knowing that we have unlimited fresh starts in our walk with Jesus. Do not forsake the humility builder of the wait. No thing done for the glory of God will go to waste. All things work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28). Be led by His truth and His guidance, not the excitement and desire to simply start. “5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5.
‘The Father wastes nothing. Not even the wait. If your fresh start begins in the there, know that the Father has already begun.’
I’ll be praying for you.
J.E. Berry. Wife, mother of five , speaker, writer, friend, worshiper, wanderer, launderer, short order chef and the list goes on. In order to properly introduce myself to you I have to show you a small portion of what all of me looks like in full outer ring circumference before we dive deep into the foggy waters and messy puddles that fill my very God chiseled bio.
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