“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
I believe that in order to be made new, we must first acknowledge the false beliefs we hold. We do that by being transparent and vulnerable in revealing our stories, our pain, our insecurities and our mistakes. We can not cover up all that brokenness with positive thoughts and affirmations and expect it to all go away. It’s like brushing stuff under the rug in a relationship and expecting it to stay there, we all know it always comes out sooner or later. And when all that dirt, dust and mess does come out…it’s far more overwhelming to clean up then the small collection of dust on the floor.
So the first step to being made new is to reveal. Revealing our struggles even through journaling and prayer can provide so much revelation and ah-hah moments that can lead to beautiful transformation. This is something that perhaps many of you do already and if you do, you know it can be pretty hard sometimes.
It’s not the most comfortable thing to be brutally honest with yourself on paper. We tend to want to justify our actions and tell ourselves that we do things because it’s someone else’s fault or we are misunderstood. “Everyone else is just mean or well they don’t know what I’ve gone through in my life.” But truthfully, when we are honest with ourselves and take our broken selves humbly to God, he reveals things to us that help connect the dots. He shows us the why behind the what.
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