As the New Year unfolds and the page is turned, let us choose not to dwell on what is past, but fully engage in what God has for the present. It’s a time to forget about what could of and should have been, and focus on the reality of the now. Promises are not attained by dwelling in regrets, but committing ourselves fully to the One who has all things in His control.
When we allow ourselves to reach for the “mark set before us” we are giving God permission to lead us down the path He desires. Path’s that release His heart of love and compassion, and makes room for whosoever will come.
It’s a place of pardon, not by what we’ve done or accomplished, but solely on the finished work of the cross; the doorway that all may enter, but only few will find. The needed place, yet many will choose their own ways due to selfishness and pride.
But this is a season of New Beginnings that will thrust us into the fulfillment of our destinies if we are willing to let go of the reins, and adhere to what the Lord is saying. A time that encompasses what we desire in accordance to the Father’s will, and bringing it to the forefront to make a difference in the world we encounter.
Although at times a testing ground, we are never left to fend for ourselves, for our trust is in the One who causes all things to work together for our good, even though we may not understand the process. It’s a fertile habitation of love and faith that keeps growing as we linger in His presence and find rest for our souls. So do not try to figure the whole process out, for in doing so, we only find ourselves looking inward instead of upward.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Father I pray for everyone reading this that you would give them the grace to run the race with courage and determination, knowing that each step they take will be in line with Your Word that leads them to the destiny You have ordained before the world began. Give strength and hope to those longing to find answers to their heart’s cry, and bring healing to broken hearts, so that all who seek after You can rest assure that You are directing their lives in perfect harmony with Your will, in Jesus name…Amen.
© Bonnie S. Vaughan