I cannot say that 2020 has been all bad. But I can say that transition sucks! Going from the old to the new, can be quite frustrating. So, much so, one might think of giving up the upgrade and go back to the former things. Don’t do it! The Bible states in Isaiah 43:18-19,
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.“
2020 has been a hard year for the entire world. For me, it has been a year of repair. I had surgery; and have spent all but three months in voice therapy. I was able to buy new skates that I am still trying to break in. The pain is agonizing. The lack of progress is even worse. All the time I have spent practicing, with these new skates, you would think I was a beginner. I asked my coach, “Is there life after new skates?” I have had new skates before. But none that were 100% stiff. So, it will take extra time for me to break them in. When I get my new computer system, it will take time for me to learn all the bells and whistles. My new phone from last year, I am still trying to understand all the apps. But, in regard to figure skating, because I have advanced so far on the ice, I cannot go back the last pair of skates. Why? Because they are no longer useful for the level I am at now. I was fine with my flip-phone. But because technology advanced so much, it was no longer compatible with the service I was using. Yet, all these things have and are working together for my good. I may not see it. But, I believe it. Still, the transition from the old to the new is tough. It can be very depressing, if we are not careful. We might get impatient and want to run back to the old. But there again, don’t do it. The way I see it, you have to go one direction. So, why not continue to press forward, toward those better upgrades.
God is a making a way in the wilderness kind of a God. He is also a sending rivers in the desert kind of a God too. Nothing is impossible with Him. We just have to see Him in our transitions. So, when you look at the desert in the above picture, see rivers flowing through it. Sometimes it helps to visualize what God is doing to stay positive. He is able. If you are feeling lost in the wilderness, God is making a way out of it. If you are parched in the desert from life being barren and without hope or answered prayers, He is bringing rivers. See those rivers coming out of nowhere to over take you and your transitions. Just think how God is the God of the impossible. He cares for us. He knows exactly where we are; what we need and what our dreams are. 2020 has been a time of adjustment with the pandemic and having to be shut in and cut off from a lot of what we love and at times, who we love. But we just have to keep our perspective in line with God’s. What are we looking at – the wilderness and deserts? Those will keep up bound up to yesterday. The old is gone. God is doing a new thing. We must thank Him for the transistions that are taking us from the old to new. Look at it this way, Jesus turned water in wine and not just wine – the BEST wine.
If you have only water from the past – get excited and start to praise God for that new and best wine that He is sending. Why? Because when God does the upgrading, He goes right to the top of the line, or the best. Jesus could have turned the wine into mediocre. No! He saved the best for last. So, please do not get stuck in the middle of the transition. Keep moving forward and keep trusting in Father God. Miracles will happen!!!