It’s so easy to look back, isn’t it?
Sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to look behind than it is to look forward. Because, after all, we don’t know what is coming up ahead. So maybe it’s just easier to live in the past.
I don’t know about you, but this is how I feel sometimes.
It can be hard for me to look ahead at a new season or a new future.
And maybe, just maybe, it’s because I fear change? I fear the new?
Well, I’m glad I’m not alone. I can be so afraid of what’s ahead in the new, because what if it hurts? What if it’s different than what I wanted? What if I lose what I love?
Change scares us to the core because we don’t know how it will affect our lives. Most times change is good and gives us a great, totally new way of life. But sometimes change hurts too. And sometimes it hurts so much that we don’t want it anymore. Because embracing change means letting go of what’s behind. It means letting go of something I’d much rather hold onto.
I felt like this not too long ago. I still remember exactly how it felt.
I remember how it felt to come out of a season in my life that I didn’t necessarily want to leave. This season had become my normal, it was comfortable, and I loved it. It was good. So when I came out of it, I still held onto a piece of it. That was my way of looking back, instead of ahead. I held onto a piece of this part of my life because I was too afraid to let go. I honestly didn’t know what life would be like if I did let go.
But God loved me too much to let me keep looking back. He had a brand new thing He wanted to do in my life and the only way for me to step into it, was to let go. So He took away from me what I thought I wanted most, so He could reveal to me what I never knew I needed.
Maybe He’s done that for you too? Then let me encourage you, dear heart. During this time, God gave me a verse that changed everything for me.
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19 NKJV)
Behold, I will do a new thing.
And again He says…
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV)
He is making all things new.
So this is His promise to me. And His promise to you too, my friend.
He is making all things new. He is restoring what you’ve lost. God will not let anything you have gone through go to waste, but He also does not want you to stay where you are at right now. He wants you to keep looking ahead, to keep looking towards the new He has for you.
You see, the God who made you has an incredible plan and dream for your life. And yes, it will include change. It may include change every step of the way. But the God calling you into the unknown, into this place of change, is the same God whispering to your soul that He is making all things new and that He is doing a new thing in your life.
Don’t allow your fear to keep you from stepping into the future God has planned for you. Even if that means letting go of things you love, even if it means letting go of good things. Keep embracing the new thing God is doing in your life, and keep reaching for the something greater He intends to give you.
Look forward, sweet friend. His new thing in your life is going to be amazing, I promise.
I’m cheering you on.
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.