Happy new year! This month, we are talking about New Beginnings. We want to know what it looks like to prepare ourselves for a new beginning, how to consecrate a fresh season, and how Jesus is faithful in each new place we find ourselves.
As women, we are innately wired to brainstorm for our tomorrows as we attempt to live out our today that we had planned for weeks ago. We start each year by finding flaws in our character that need improvement but struggle to keep up with the resolutions we set for ourselves. It’s an ever losing battle that we fight as humans because we tend to find our worth in the amount of hats we can wear daily. We like to claim that our never ending list of expectations are items that must be done and if left unchecked, the world may fall apart. Well, our world anyway. It isn’t until the moment we become drained to our very core that we begin to have an insatiable hunger for something deeper that will reignite our spirits.
I pray daily, multiple times daily. I thank the Lord for waking me up each morning. I give grace prior to my meals.. or maybe after the first bite depending on how hungry I am. I insert words of appreciation when I feel blessed randomly throughout the day. Surely I am racking up a bunch of tokens to cash in for something big when I get to Heaven. I mean, even though the majority of my alone time with God may have the hum of a sound machine in the background as I rock my daughter to sleep, surely the Lord understands that this is as alone as I’ll ever get.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:22-23)
If Jesus, the man with the most important to do list, has time to sneak off to be alone with God, how is it that we can barely take a breath without exhaling into our next task at hand? I’m not saying to skip feeding your starving family, completely ditch your friends and social life, or let the clothes and dishes pile up insurmountably. But, exhale into the arms of your Father. Exhale into the peace you can only find alone in and with the Lord.
Sisters, as we approach the new year, breathe into the silence that speaks the loudest. When Elijah was exhausted from running for his life and in true despair, he came to point of defeat and surrendered himself to the Lord. While the roaring winds tore the mountainside and the Earth shook fiercely beneath Elijah’s feet, it was then that he heard God whisper to him. How often does the noise of life deafen you to your inner most needs? How often do you go through the entire day to realize you have barely taken time to feed yourself- with food and with the gospel?
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Though our God is powerful and mighty, he is also gentle and loving. He wants us to love Him just as much as He adores us. He longs for our prayers to be more than a quick thank you, but instead, a deep ache of appreciation that brings us to joyous tears. He desires for us to be alone with Him, with that hum in the background to be silenced so that we can hear His whispers.
His voice is loudest when we drown out our own. The desire to be the best version of ourselves can only be met when we align that vision with God’s perspective of us. After all, we were created in His image and likeness- and we were declared to be good. We were meant to constantly seek the one who created us, God himself, through all the seasons, old and new.
I want to continue to pray daily but I want my tokens to be worth whispers from the Lord. I want to cash in for more one on one time on mountaintops and less items on my checklist. I want to inhale deeper into the Word, to live more in His today instead of trying to plan for my own tomorrows.
We must stop trying to edit the chapters of our life that God has already written out for us. When one volume closes out and a new begins, Jesus joins us hand in hand in walking over to the next page. Whether in the midst of heartache or joy, a season of waiting or growth, wherever you may be in your story, continue to press into the Lord and He will show up in the most unexpected way. He has brought you to where you are thus far and you can be confident that He will see you through every comma, semi-colon, and period that has been planned for you. So, sit still, put your mind at rest, and trust that God’s storyline will bring you to His Kingdom at the end of your book.