I like to consider myself pretty proficient with social media…..particularly Facebook. I think it’s fun, and I enjoy connecting with friends from all over the country. I’ve learned all sorts of Facebook lingo too…..I know how to “like” a “friend’s” post. I know that “tag” isn’t a game involving running (for which my knees are grateful), and that a “stalker” isn’t necessarily worthy of a restraining order.
That being said…..there is one piece of Facebook shorthand that I just discovered: #tbt. Throwback Thursday! People post pictures from “back in the day”……cute babies, weddings, high school……really anything that is a throwback to another time in their lives or memory of their past.
I enjoy those pictures…..they’re cute, fun, and sometimes, downright funny! (Hello, 80’s hair!) Obviously, the past is a great place to visit….but like any good visit, there comes a time when it’s over.
And that’s where I have a hard time. My struggle is letting my present become my past. I like where I am. I like my job. I’m pretty good at it. I like the blessings it’s brought me……friends, esteem, successes. Plus…..it’s fun. But, God is moving me somewhere new. And letting go of what I know, to go somewhere I don’t know…..even though God is guiding me there…..is scary. It takes courage and it takes trust, and sometimes I have both of those in short supply. I suppose a good Christian would say that it should be easy, because they know God is going with them. I’m guessing I’m not like them (surprising no one). I think I’m more like Moses, Gideon, and even Jeremiah…..without the beards and the robes (although I do have some cute sandals). They all had a tough time saying yes when God was ready to move them. Moses argued that he couldn’t speak well, Gideon needed multiple signs from God before he got up and moved, and Jeremiah said that he was too young!
And I surely do love the Israelites. If ever there were a group of folks more loved by God, and more prone to do the wrong thing, I’ve not found them. Yet, the truth of the matter is, I would be a pretty good Israelite. Fortunately, as it relates to the past, God had a word for the Israelites, and it’s a word for me and you too.
“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?” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT)
God is telling them that all He had done for them, while marvelous, was nothing compared to what was to come. Their past was a part of who they were, but there was still more of their story to be written.
There’s a lesson here…
God also says…”I am about to do something new!” I love this part, because of what it DOESN’T say. It doesn’t say “YOU” are about to do something new. God is the one doing something new, which He’s already begun, AND He’s including us in it! That’s pretty awesome! Because what we’re being called to do isn’t dependent on us……it’s on Him. He’s doing it. He’s just choosing us for his team!
So…..I’m turning my present into my past. And like #tbt, I’ll remember it well. Maybe there are parts of the adventure that will accompany me as I go. Maybe not.
The next step of my journey is still somewhat unclear.
But thanks to Isaiah 43, I’ve learned something.
UNKNOWN doesn’t equal ALONE.