This year? As we look at our resolutions, goals, to-do lists, and wonder what God is going to do in our lives, I just want you to know something, from deep in my heart. No matter what last year was like for you, no matter what the last five years or ten years or twenty years have been like, God makes everything new. Not just for her, or for them, or for me, but for you.
Maybe you’re struggling with jealousy as this new year kicks off, as you see announcements online of friends with new jobs, goals already achieved, dreams reached. And maybe you’re wondering why it’s not your turn, or if you should just give up on the dream that already seems to be done so well by so many other people. This year, I want you to know that we need you to keep chasing that dream. We need you to keep persevering, to share your story and your dream because our community and this online space? It’s richer because of you. What you offer to the world is uniquely YOU, and we need it.
Whatever you experienced last year? God will redeem.
Whatever you’re struggling with this year? God knows your heart.
Whatever parts of your dream you think are over? God will make them new.
This year, when you feel like giving up, giving in, moving on? Do the thing anyway. If God has given you a vision and a calling for your life, He will see it through to perfection. Even when we don’t think the journey looks anything like we planned. It’s not a promise that will only happen on the first day of a new year. If you woke up on January 1st and everything was the same? You didn’t miss it. God didn’t forget. In the midst of our ordinary, God is doing the extraordinary, and we never see the work of His hand until He knows we’re ready.
In Revelation, God says “Look! I am making everything new.” Did you catch it? The tense? He’s making. Action that is continuing. You haven’t missed it. He didn’t run out of “new” before it was your turn, even if you feel in your heart that you’re the last one in line. Friend? I promise. God is at work, even – and especially – when you can’t see it. He is making everything new.
I’d love to know how to pray for you today – what in your life do you want God to make new?
I’m linking up with Holley Gerth for her new “Coffee for your Heart” series. Hop on over and be encouraged!