Read: Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 33:1-22, Isaiah 43:19, Hebrews 11:1-3, Hebrews 11:40
We are all beginning something new.
Your new is different from mine, but we all have something new that we are learning how to do. A new job. New marriage. New baby. New home. New in-laws. New city. Every new beginning has its’ own set of challenges, and I’ve found that most of the time I have no idea what I am doing.
Beginnings are like riding a bike; we keep falling and getting back up again. Sometimes our new comes after pain - newly single, newly diagnosed, newly bankrupt. While we can't erase the past, we can pick ourselves up and move forward. With practice, we will find our rhythm and our beginnings can become our new routine.
As we begin Week Two of our prayer challenge, we are going to begin to put into practice some of the things we learned in Week One. We are going to continue to pray for direction and fast from food so we can better find our focus and ask God for help. We are going to recognize the enemy’s lies when he attacks us and guard ourselves with the Word of God. This week we are going to learn more about who God is so we can begin a new and deeper relationship with Him.
In the beginning, God created. Genesis tells us that one day at a time He created the heaven and the earth, the wind and the water, the people and the animals. God had the ability to create everything in one quick snap of His fingers, but He took His time instead. Might we too choose to focus on what God wants us to create just one day at a time?
Whenever I begin a new project, I tend to get ahead of myself. I have big ideas, visions of what could be and how to make things happen. I want to have it all right now. I desperately try to make things happen the way I want them to happen. I plan instead of trusting God’s plans. And soon, I find myself overwhelmed, overcommitted, and overly exhausted by my “big plans.” But God says, “Christen, let’s do this one day at a time.” I believe He is telling you that too. Whenever I get overwhelmed by my plans, I try to remember this verse:
While God created art both in and of the world, we can see from His plans that He is also a God of order. He tells us not to get ahead of ourselves because this behavior doesn’t help us focus on today. Whatever new beginning you are creating, you have to have some structure and a sense of order to help you take positive steps forward. Let God teach you the rhythm of life (the order of your day) so you can put into practice the new routines that you are beginning. This will help you achieve your goals and not get overwhelmed.
God is the great Architect, and He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has designed your life through series of circumstances where you have the choice to choose Him. When we trust that God has a plan for us, we can take the burden of worry off our shoulders and give it to Him through prayer. God understands our fears and frustrations, but He tells us throughout Scripture to have faith. Hebrews 11:1 says,
The author of Hebrews goes on to account the acts of faith from the Old Testament. He says,
By faith, these people trusted God, even when what He was asking of them didn’t make sense. God is calling each of us to trust in His plans for our lives, but He is also asking us to take a step of faith. There is action in faith - building an ark, conceiving a child, stepping away from money to follow God - and we all have the ability to move from where we are to where we want to be one day at a time.
Whatever new beginning God is calling you to, have faith that He is going to get you from where you are to where you need to be. But, don’t just sit there. Move! Take positive steps of faith to begin living the life you were born to live. Baby steps can grow into giant leaps of faith.
Have faith in God’s plans. Begin something new today and don’t give up.
Join us tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. for our Undivided Women Launch Party at Covenant United Methodist Church. Invite your friends and learn more about this exciting new ministry for our community!