I’m sure you’ve seen this verse before, but God brought it back to me last week when thinking of how to explain part of what’s been going on in my teensy corner of the world this summer.
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But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
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God has blessed us with many things, and sometimes He is ready to do a new thing. But we are often too encumbered with current possessions or activities to see it, no matter our season.
The prophet, Isaiah, begins by saying to forget all of that. What is that? Our stuff. The stuff we no longer need, stuff we needed in the past but not anymore.
The things that waste our time. Things that consume part of the house where we reside also consume part of the mind.
They encumber you. They occupy brain space like a ball and chain. Not really noticeable … yet dragging behind you. Dragging you down. The stuff. And, those useless activities do the same.
For example, I still had my sewing/craft/project room upstairs, waiting for my return. I knew it would never be a thing in my life like it was before (during Curtain Queen Creates blogging days), but the stuff was hanging around, consuming space in my house and in my head.
Godliness and contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:6-7)
My Journey to Brave has been more far-reaching than the topics prompted by Annie Downs, author of
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I began clearing away unnecessary belongings last month. It took a full year and a half before I was ready, but I finally found the bravery to go in that room, my creative space, and clean it out … throw away, share with friends, donate, discard, all of that. The bravery to say good-bye to that type of future creativity finally happened.
Thank you, Annie Downs, for helping me be brave. You are so inspiring!
I will miss the possibilities that used to lie in the now-empty fabric cabinet. The leftover trims brought treasured memories of people I made things for in the past. Saying good-bye is so hard! I’m not good at it. I had to remind myself that I’m not turning the people away – just the stuff of reminders. I will remember them!
Sometimes we need a kick in the pants. Some sort of motivation to clear away the old and look toward the new. It’s time to focus on what is ahead rather than what lies behind. Before this started, I felt like Lot’s wife and the pillar of salt she became as she looked back at Sodom in longing. Similarly, I was frozen in the sense that I was occasionally looking back to what was, encumbered with things I no longer need.
Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. (Proverbs 15:16)
The good news is that the clearing away continues throughout my house, and I feel so much lighter. Unencumbered. Set free in a way. Free to focus on new things ahead. Good things God has for me.
Are you stuck, too? If not now, have you been stuck like that before? Have you needed to clear away your trees so you can see the forest of blessing ahead? It’s time to push the old aside, out of sight, and turn your focus to the new things God has for you.
Can you not see it? He has already begun! Get ready for the new. Prepare for what God is about to do, whether in a tough season or a triumphant one. Be ready for it. Clear out your physical space (or your head space).
Because He lives~
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