I’ve always been someone who has been a bit scared of trying new things, I like a routine and I like to know what I’m doing. It probably surprised a number of people when I chose to come to Canterbury for university as it was so far away from the homeland. I think it is also probably linked to my growing up and the routine that there was in the house – I would know what I was having for dinner dependent on the day of the week! BUT… I have got better as I have got older and have been more willing to try things out – normally only if I knew someone else who was already doing it though!
YET new is what Christianity and Easter is all about. The new life that we have been given through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
As I was searching for Videos for the week I found myself inundated by people saying ‘leave the past behind’ and I was getting VERY confused. Especially as my Sixth form pupils have been looking so much at how our past moulds who we are, so surely it is important, we learn from our past. SO surely we shouldn’t leave it behind but then I looked at the Bible verse for the week which is from Isaiah 43:16-18 and says
“This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Isaiah is saying don’t DWELL on the past, and that is a very big difference to leaving the past behind. He talks about Moses leading people out of Egypt, there was no time to plan, but God was there and he provided what was needed. When we remember times like that we can be reminded that God has got our back in the highs and the lows.
Remembering those events will encourage us, but we do not need to dwell on them because if we dwell we will struggle to move forward and to enjoy the new that God has and will continue to provide for us. Trying new things and making new things doesn’t have to be madcap and risky all the time, it just has to be willing to move forward rather than standing still or looking back.
Challenge: Are there things in your past that you dwell on that you need to leave in the past to help you move forward?
Prayer: Thank you father that you have given us new life and make all things new. Help us to embrace that, so that we may move forward in you. Amen