Self-sufficiency is a coveted commodity in our society. We all know people that have made their way all on their own and are proud that they need no one but themselves to get by.
But then one day, God brings even the most self-sufficient to a place where they have no strength, no answers, no money, no job and no choices except to turn to God and say, help me.
It can be exceedingly painful and extremely humbling.
Starting over is like learning to walk ………. start-overs and setbacks are a part of life. How many times does the little one tumble before he learns to walk with steady grace?
Another thing I can tell you with an amount of certainty is that most likely, you are not where you are because of some fluke of nature but you are in the starting gate of life because God needs to show you something.
Do not and I repeat DO NOT misunderstand what I am saying, I am not negating your pain or situation in any way. You have lost a spouse, you have lost every material possession you had in this world, your best friend died, you have gotten a terrible diagnosis, your child died, your job is gone and all prospects have dried up. You have been abused, or drugs or alcohol have their steely grip on you, maybe the friends you thought you could count on have betrayed and deserted you. The circumstances you are facing are deadly serious and they hurt like hell.
You hurt, you cry, you threaten, you shout, and finally you admit that you have absolutely nothing left on this earth.
At this point there is nothing left to lose.
That’s the good news.
While you are pleading with God and asking “Why me Lord, what did I do to deserve this? God is softly telling you that He has heard His son speak the same words.
Trust Him through this.
Whatever your circumstances of your life at this moment you can come out a winner. If you have sinned, repent. If you are facing a battle, seek God’s will and let Him handle the battle for you. If you are in unfamiliar and unknown territory, know with absolutely certainty that God has a blessing waiting for you there and rejoice in that fact. To those who have cheated, mistreated, lied about you, offer up prayers for them. If you have traveled a road that you never should have traveled, work with God to find your way back to the road He wants you to follow. If every treasure you have on this earth is suddenly gone, know with certainty that the real treasure awaits you.
God offers you the way to start over and find the significance that has thus far eluded you. Know that you can be the inspiration to others that they are so desperately seeking. However you first have to grab that courage, strength and wisdom and trust what is being offered. Don’t let the simple act of unconditional love offered by God be covered up in the mess, loss and hurt of the moment.
Do not give up.
Mother Teresa said that “When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again”
There is such truth in that statement, it is not romantic drivel, it is solid, wonderful, honest truth.
I know there is fear in uncertainy. You are afraid of more pain, you are afraid your life will be very different, you are afraid God has drawn the map but misplaced the compass. I can tell you that the tighter you hold onto the reins of control in this torturous moment the more intense the pain will become and the more extreme the battle will be.
When God gives you the opportunity to start over, know that He is giving you the chance to start over with Him. Don’t look at this as a roadblock, but recognize the road could very well be GONE and God is offering you a bridge to a better way, the ONLY WAY that is going to get you where He desires you to be.
Will it take a leap of faith, of course it will, just as it will take a trust that only comes from seeking God every single second of every single day. You will find growth, significance, greater closeness with God and the unexplainable peace that presides over every circumstance every day when God is involved.
There is so much wrong in the world but with God there is so much more right.
So go ahead, find the courage to let go and start over. You will be glad you did.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
…………and so I ride