“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” —Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
Life is much a passage of seasons. In the temperate world seasons revolve from winter, spring, summer and autumn. In the tropics there are rainy and dry seasons. The beauty about this cycle of seasons is that as one season comes to an end there is ever an opportunity to look forward to a new brighter season. A harsh winter is greeted with the expectation of a beautiful spring. A long and dry season is forgotten as one welcomes in a rainy season.
Now through the year one might experience all manner of challenges. But one thing that counts is letting go of the past, and looking afresh to brighter seasons ahead. Indeed, one of the defining aspects of followers of Christ is that He is in the business of beginning afresh. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This was the case with one of the prisoners alongside Jesus who cried, “remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” ( Luke 23:42-43).
While you could have had all sorts of setbacks, as that is life, scriptures say, “Great is faithful; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23).
Today, look forward to a new beginning. There are better seasons ahead. For the Lord says, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for your word that encourages me to forget the past and looking forward to the new life that is in you, and this I pray in Jesus’s name!