Home ownership – It’s an adventure! I’m going to keep repeating this to myself until it sinks in. 🙂 It’s a mindset, a viewpoint, a choice of how you decide to perceive a situation.
A few blogs ago I mentioned adding sand to our small beach area and adding topsoil to our yard to help with the drainage of water in our yard. This past week, weather and timing finally cooperated and I was able to add the topsoil to the yard. This whole “project” had me feeling pretty anxious during the entire process. Jesus and I had a little chat; I listened more this time instead of spewing my wants and needs. A peace that is difficult to describe, unless you, too, have experienced it, washed over me. It will get done when it gets done. And, as a wise friend mentioned; even if it’s not perfect it will be 80% better than what it was. Perspective!
The day arrives to unload and spread out the topsoil. Need I remind you, I don’t know what I’m doing! I’m making it up as I go and hoping common sense (and God’s still small voice) guides my thought process on how to do this. As a friend, with a little excavator, (my non-blistered hands and non-aching back thank you!) spreads and evens out the soil we work together on where we need a little more or a little less. Several times I took a step back, squatted down, trying to get more eye level and I do my best to judge how it needs to look. At the end of the second day, our skills were tested! We had a large downpour of rain. Air high five my friend, it worked!! The water flow went the direction we wanted it to go and it didn’t wash out the beach!! Whoo! Hoo! Thank you Jesus!!
Was it worth the stress and anxiety? NO! Yet our human hearts and minds have a hard time putting those aside and focusing on how God guides and provides.
As the prophet of Isaiah was leading the Israelites in the nation of Judah, God spoke to them often. In Isaiah 43:19 he says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make the pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Doing something new can be very exciting! Starting new job, recording an album with your band, learning something new, visiting a place you’ve never been, trying a new restaurant, water skiing for the first time, swimming with turtles in the ocean. It’s exciting and an adrenaline rush.
On the flip side, when you are doing something new that you have no prior knowledge or experience can be terrifying. The anticipation of the anxiety or potential, “This isn’t working! What was I thinking?” overshadows the anticipation of the excitement of trying something new.
God is always working, always preparing. I didn’t have the knowledge of how to spread soil out so the water flows in a different direction. Yet, what He did provide were the people around me that did know and had the tools. “Do you not see it?” He was preparing the way, getting me ready. Not only will He provide the pathway through the unknown, He will also provide the “water” to nourish us and help us grow along the way.
There is “newness” all around us waiting for us to take a step toward it. God is preparing you, and all the pieces around you, to fall into place to succeed, thrive and grow in your newness. Allowing fear and anxiety to paralyze you, only harms you. Christ did not come to condemn the world, but seek and save the lost. Thank you Jesus for the strength, confidence and hope of Your promises to take a leap of faith and try something new.
I am so proud of several friends who have taken a leap of faith, tried something new and started a new job. I am so proud of my niece and nephew as they begin their next stage into adulthood and keeping Christ at the center of it. I am so proud of my own kids for believing in themselves to keep taking one step at a time as healing has taken place. I am so proud of my mom for learning new things, as she too, conquers homeownership. I am so proud of my brother for stepping up and taking care of all the “women” in his life (wife, daughter, mom, sisters). I am so proud to be a Walker and love how they have loved on us. God is so proud of you for the newness you have taken a leap of faith on and made it! We are created to grow, learn and be new in Him everyday. His chest is puffed up and proud to be your Father.
So, my dear friends, choose to see newness as an adventure, a way to rely on God, knowing, He has already gone before you and prepared the way. Even if you stumble, He is there to pick you, brush you off and give you the strength to take the next step. He has already forgiven you for the fear and anxiety. Accept His forgiveness and be excited about what’s next! It’s going to be amazing and you are going to come out on the other side stronger (and wiser) than you were before. Take that leap into your newness with Him by your side.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.