“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?
(New International Version. Isaiah 43:18 & 19 Blueletterbible.org)
When my son, Kyle, was in Kindergarten, he was so excited about his new shoes. He was convinced that he could run faster and jump higher just because he had new shoes. Naturally, his teacher confirmed his belief at recess by singing the praises of Kyle’s new shoes as he showed off for her. No longer would Kyle be slowed down by his old worn out shoes. He was so excited about his new shoes he probably didn’t even remember what his old ones looked like.
Kyle has grown up since then. He is a senior in high school and probably doesn’t even remember showing off his new shoes to his teacher. He more than likely doesn’t even remember how poor we were as Pastor’s of a small church on an Indian Reservation. I’m positive he doesn’t remember how I cried the day we replaced the old shoes, realizing that they not only were old and worn out, they were two sizes too small. His new shoes felt so good on his growing feet, he truly could run faster and jump higher.
Today is the beginning of a New Year. Maybe the past year has been filled with difficulties, leaving you feeling old and worn out. It is good to reflect on the past year and see the many things God has taught us. There is, however, a big difference between reflecting on and dwelling on the past year. If you step into 2008 dwelling on the past difficulties, you may never experience the new things God has in store for us. In fact, you may not even perceive it.
I don’t know about you, but I am ready to leave the old worn out year behind me and look forward to the new things God has in store for me. I am convinced that I will be able to run faster and jump higher as I step into my “new shoes”.
Lord, thank-you for seeing me through this past year. I look forward to the new things You have for me in the new year. Help me to run faster and jump higher for Your glory. May all that I do honor You. Amen
I really like this devotional. Love you writing about your little boy. We can all relate to this message. Thank you especially for the prayer to be able to jump higher and run faster in this new year:) Thank you!