“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. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen… [Isaiah 43: 18-20]
On 1st January 2022 when we woke up, the World did look the same. In much of the Continent of Africa, the abundant sun rose from the East. But there is something that will not be the same. I believe that God seems to be telling us that we can start afresh and that the resurrection message is real in our lives. For this he deserves our praise and thanksgiving. Beloved, as we journey through 2022 do allow me to share some three key thoughts for reflection:
- There comes a time of letting go of the past which may no longer be useful. One of the things many families are discovering is how to deal with clutter and trash that we no longer need to keep. Slowly we realize that we are actually hoarding wealth that could easily benefit others around us. We don’t even have time to rest and reflect.
- There comes a time when we need to open our eyes to see and thank God for some of the new things that he is doing in our midst. Some of these may include new work situation from home as we adapt to the new norm. It may be about the need for us to adapt to our retirement lives. To some of us it may well be to do with living without a regular salary due to loss of job.
- We need to embrace the newness that come with the change. We shall experience some freshness and vitality. There is a feeling of a fresh start. There is rejoicing even for the animals. Creation too will rejoice as we minimize destruction of our environment. We cannot afford to miss out on the sweet aroma that God wants us to experience. It is time to praise Him!