Life is like a kaleidoscope. As a child I would stare into the kaleidoscope for hours, fascinated by the ever changing shapes. No matter how long I turned it the shapes created were unique each time. That’s what life is like. We have a moment in time we are comfortable with. Everything falls into place. We have a beautiful picture, but then some of the pieces begin to fall away and our image is destroyed.
If we continue to move forward, embracing those changes we see a beautiful, new image appear. Each new season of our life brings a new picture. It appears things are falling apart, but they really are just shifting and becoming something new and beautiful again. We fight to maintain the old beautiful picture we had, and we miss the new and beautiful one coming down the road.
We cause ourselves undue heartache and stress by holding onto the old picture, and we miss the opportunity to enjoy the new one that’s forming. Our relationships can be like that; they are constantly changing and sometimes we fight to keep things the way they were and in doing so miss the opportunity to enjoy the new beautiful relationship.
The new relationship can be deeper and more rewarding than the old if we learn to embrace the changes with excitement rather than dread. We can focus on what is lost and lose sight of what is coming, or we can set our minds to enjoy the new and not miss a minute of the ride. At first glance the new picture might not seem as nice as the previous one, but if we learn this is not the end of the journey we discover that a few more pictures down the road may just take our breath away.
The Bible tells us in many places not to hold onto the old, but to look forward to the new thing God is ready to do. Just one example is Isaiah 43:18-19 “18 Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. 19 Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert,”
When we view our lives this way we truly begin to live fully and enjoy each and every moment, regardless of what is going on around us. When we let go of control and our ideas of what things need to look like we give God free rein to shift the pieces to wherever they need to go. It sometimes looks as though everything is falling apart, when in reality, God is creating a beautiful new masterpiece.
I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t take time to grieve our losses, but when we stay focused too long on what we’ve lost we may miss opportunities for new things to be created.
We can’t truly live until we abandon our thoughts of what we think things should look like, embrace the unknown and be willing to trust God knows more than we do. He knows how all the pieces should come together. When we surrender we win! We are called to live by faith, not by sight. When we choose to live this way, we are free!
What are you focused on today? Are you ready for true freedom and abundance in your life?