Today’s sermon rejuvenated my hope, rekindled my fire even. As a busy, working mom of three and wife to one (he-he), my world can get overwhelming at times. In an effort to maintain my sanity and some semblance of normalcy, I tend to stick with routines. Same meals. Same days to wash clothes. Same entertainment. Same bedtime. Same hopes. Same prayers. In fact, when things don’t go according to plan (which happens more times than not) I tend to have an internal meltdown.
Case in point: a few weeks ago, I decided to write-up a two-week dinner plan. I was doing good the first week. Then day 3 of week-two rolls around and I got caught at work later than usual. I forgot my kid has a band concert and I wasn’t able to get home in time to fix dinner before the concert. Instead, I threw our budget out the window, took them out to fast food and barely got to the concert on time. I was so angry. Funny thing happened though; once the concert was over, we were able to get home, get a bath and quickly go to bed. I survived. I realized that even if things changed, I’d be okay.
I survived another time too. I had worked at the same place with the same people for over 7 years. I knew what to expect. It was my routine! Then out of the blue, a position became available that seemed perfect for me. I was scared to apply. What if I actually got the position? What if I don’t like it? What if the people were different? At least, if I stayed where I was I would know what to expect. Well, I prayed about it and I got the job! And you know what? I survived. It has been THE best decision I have ever made.
I wanted to hold on to what was familiar and what was certain instead of what God had for me. I know, I know, as the old adage goes: “A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush.” At least that’s what the world will tell you. I wanted to hold onto that measly little bird, when there was so much more in the bush. I never would have known that if I didn’t trust Him. You see, the change that God can provide will always be better than the past or present.
In Isaiah 43:16-19, God reminded his people through his prophet Isaiah, not to get caught up with the former things of the past for He was doing a new thing. Yes, He delivered them out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Yes, He parted the Red Sea and killed their enemies but He was promising to do a greater work. Even better than what He had done before if only they would let go of the past and walk into the future. Isaiah reminded me that if I would drop the bird in my hand and trust the Lord, He promises there will be more birds in the bush than I could ever carry. More than I could have ever imagined.
Change is inevitable whether we like it or not. When we accept the Lord as our undeniable Savior, we have to be all in. Otherwise, it’s like allowing Him to drive the cars of our lives while we are both fighting over the wheel. He’s pushing the gas while we are pumping the brakes. Imagine our heads just bobbing down the road. Gas, brake, gas, brake! Sounds like a headache and a recipe for disaster! Remember… He created the car, the road and the destination. We just need to trust Him to get us there. He guarantees our survival.