You want to know the scariest part about transitioning? Walking into something completely new and cutting off all ties to the past. You’d think the new would bring great joy, but it honestly brings the human mind much anxiety.
During the Great Exodus, we experienced the great pain transition can cause. With so much fear concerning the new, the Israelites began to hunger for the old again. Because the new was something God desired for them, and not them for themselves, their perception was tainted. Though Canaan would be their "more than enough", they couldn't get themselves to renew their mind to embrace that new.
Are you finding yourself in the same place? Have you grown so accustomed to the old, you don’t even desire the new? If that’s the case, know that this is an area that needs your attention. If you want what God has for you, it will require a perspective shift on your behalf. This isn’t like the last time because the last time it was you deciding what would happen next. Just like with Israel, God Himself has crafted this new for you. Because it’s Him doing the acting, all you need to do is trust that everything will work out for your good.
I know it may be hard, and honestly no transition is easy. But this time you have the great El Shaddai on your side. You aren’t walking into this or through this alone. God Himself is ahead of you. As hard as it may be, it’s time for you to leave the old.
“Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.””
Exodus 14:11-12 NKJV
““Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What does your old look like? How about the new? What is keeping your mind stuck in the old and from embracing the new? What can you do to shift your perception?