Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. –Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Many have moved to our area just like we did a few years ago. Seldom do I meet anyone who is actually from where we live now. When you move 1,200 miles way from everything that is routine, you have two options: 1) You can make yourself miserable, feel sorry for yourself, and lament over everything you miss. Or 2) You can look at the positive side of a new beginning. For example, no one knows you. No one has judged you, pigeonholed you, or put you into a box. You can actually reinvent who you are because no one has preconceived ideas about you.
No one has seen your clothes or your shoes—you suddenly have a whole new wardrobe. You don’t have to eat at the same old restaurants. You no longer look at anyone as a stranger, instead you see them as potential friends. You appreciate every smile, every kind word, every person who reaches out to you.
No one is invading your space. Every day is an adventure, you discover your spouse can be a friend, and you lose complacency. In God’s Kingdom, every day is a fresh start. He never judges you by yesterday’s failures or tomorrows faults. Fresh starts are His specialty.
- Focus on what’s to come, not what was.
- Trust that the Father’s plan is better than your own. It may not be comfortable getting there, but it’s worth the journey.