Whenever I find myself giving a devotional at my youth small group or writing a blog post for Eikon Church, I find that until the subject matter is something I’ve either gone through or am currently going through I’m usually blowing hot air mostly because I simply don’t have a proper understanding of certain topics until they resonate within my heart. All that to say this: I struggle with New Years. I struggle with looking back at my life and feeling like I haven’t done much or that the majority of my time was spent towards temporary distractions – things that will fade.
I’m vulnerable with you in this moment because I suspect that you can identify with me. People who tell me that they’ve never once gone through moments of self-dissatisfaction or feeling “blah” for no apparent reason are either a liars or delusional (in my humble twenty-something opinion).
I believe that the feelings I’ve mentioned above are the reason why people make New Year’s resolutions. People see some of the mistakes they’ve made and how their vices have taken a toll on their lives, and they want to make a freaking change. Again, I’m sure you can identify.
Disclaimer: This blog post isn’t going to be about why it is important for you to stop eating as much McDonald’s and start working out more for the next 365 days until the next ball drops in Times Square (which would be very pharisee-ish of me anyways because I love me a 10 pc McNugget meal).
What I’d like to do is to offer hope and encouragement for those who share some of those “blah” feelings with me, for those of us that are feeling stuck in a rut of monotony…
In the beginning of the second chapter of Exodus, we find Moses tending his father-in-law’s flock of sheep as he had been doing for the last 40 years with no hint of retirement on the horizon. As Moses traveled upon his normal work route, he encountered the iconic “burning bush” from which God spoke to him mandating that he go be a part of freeing his countrymen, the Hebrews, from slavery in Egypt. This 15ish minute encounter (if that) would forever alter the course of Moses’ life.
It took ONE encounter with God to CHANGE and SHAPE the life of Moses. I’d like to pose a question for you…
Where is there room for God to do the same for you?
Could it be that there is a metaphorical “burning bush” moment lined up for you on your normal work route and all you need to do is open your eyes to see it? Could it be that God has been trying to get a hold of you to encourage, inspire, and INVITE you to be a part of the expansion of His eternal Kingdom?
These thoughts comfort me and encourage me to prioritize the only thing that can make my life truly NEW: Jesus, pure and simple. Let’s listen up, folks. He wants to speak to us. He wants to do something new INSIDE YOU. Though you may find yourself working the same job, living in the same house, sleeping in the same bed next to the same spouse…look to the God who wants to lovingly make your heart, your perspective, and your strength brand spankin’ new.
Happy New Year!