Yesterday I repeatedly heard the words “He is making all things new” as a song kept playing in my mind, and then several places I went to–e-mail, internet, etc. the verse popped up for me to read. It was clearly not a coincidence.
Revelation 21:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Also II Corinthians 5
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
I was curious and excited about what new thing God would do in my life and also a little bit scared, because often something has to die or go away for the new growth to take its place. By the end of the evening last night I completely felt like I was dying to myself. This does not feel pretty. Being humbled is good for us all. It’s difficult, but we thankfully can lean on God more in the areas in which we are inadequate and broken. The only problem is that I was feeling weak and vulnerable this morning so feelings of insecurity and worry were filling my mind (because I kept making mistakes–not the kind that I could just blow off). So I texted a friend to pray for me. A wave of relief instantly washed over me. I still had self-deprecating thoughts creep in from the enemy, but I was trying to listen to worship music to focus on God’s character and power and ability in my life as well as encouraging songs to replace those thoughts. I’ve been listening to Lauren Daigle a lot (How Can it Be) (Trust in You). Her lyrics are so powerful: “Through this death I will rise with Thee” “You gave your life to give me mine.” https://www.vevo.com/watch/lauren-daigle/trust-in-you/US8391500028
One of my other favorite songs right now is Danny Gokey’s Tell Your Heart to Beat Again. No matter the trial you are enduring, this song will encourage you. There are so many different lines that speak to me.
- “Beginning, just let that word wash over you.” There is something so freeing about a new beginning and all of its possibilities. And the imagery of it washing over us is so beautiful. The old runs off as the new beginning gently showers over us.
- “yesterday’s a closing door; you don’t live there anymore. Say goodbye to where you’ve been, tell your heart to beat again.” Yesterday is the difficult relationship, the heartbreak, the failed work situation, the death. Today is the new life that you now have. Yes, there is grief in this; but your yesterday has changed you. You close the door so that you are not stuck in your yesterday. You don’t live there; you have new life, maybe with scars, but they will heal. You have hope that you will be restored.
- “it’s all right now, love’s healing hands have pulled you through.” “get back up; take step 1, leave the darkness, feel the sun. . . you’re journey’s just begun” you’re not sure how, but you awaken one day and realize you have moved forward. Why? You took 1 brave first step. I kept asking myself, what’s step 1 for my life? walking by faith. being patient in uncertainty, and trusting the answers will come. In all of it, trusting God’s purpose for my life. The important part as the song says is taking 1 step out of the darkness to feel the sun. The light is blinding after our eyes are accustomed to the darkness of pain, shame or grief, but if we focus on the path directly in front of us, we will see enough for the next couple of steps, maybe immediately, maybe not. It kind of depends on how long you’ve been in the darkness. If we look too far ahead, we just can’t see. But don’t be afraid to step outside. Your eyes will eventually get used to the light, and it won’t hurt as much. Why? You will start to really see His goodness again.
- “in this moment Heaven’s working everything for your good.” If I truly believe that God has given each person a purpose, (and I do) I can believe those words to be true and take comfort. And for those who love God, He is working for our good.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I can then trust that even in my mistakes, failures and circumstances God is working everything for my good as I turn to Him to make it right. (because He can, but better yet, He promises to)
So while you are closing the door on yesterday and letting the new beginning wash over you, removing the old, and then you step out into your new beginning with God, know in this very moment He is working for your good, because you have purpose. Isn’t this what the message of Easter is all about? If you’re not sure, read the passage from Corinthians again. (above) You can trust Him and His work in your life.