Friday, 26 June 2020

A New Thing

2020 has been a year for the books. I’m not sure many people consciously saw it coming. All we knew to do in December of 2019 was to plan for 2020 as we usually did with goals and moves we hoped God had breathed on before we proceeded into the New Year. The year started off rather “normally” I would say, but by March, we started to familiarize ourselves with a “pandemic,” a new thing.


We were then thrust into the deep of a global lockdown, and were advised to “Stay at home.” For many corporate workers, business owners and just general human beings, this was a new thing.


At first, this lockdown was welcomed as a mandatory “break” and “vacation” of sorts and people took the time to rest and re-strategize. The longer it has lasted, the optimism that existed no longer exists and people are eager to get back to normal. In February, I entered into the realm of motherhood. A new thing.

4 months postpartum and I have honestly been trying to navigate and get back to who I was before giving birth. Lately, I’ve asked myself why I believe the version of me that existed before is the version God expects of me in this new season. I've wondered what normal even is and why I believe my life should be anything that resembles normal. Nothing about the God I serve is "normal." So, where did I get this idea from? I’ve questioned myself on my hesitation to rediscover and maybe peel back layers that this season is supposed to birth in me. Nothing about this year is normal, spiritually and physically. In the here and now, nothing is the same.


“There are new tracks from here. There is no going back to the old track. God is crafting a new track for you now, so there’s no form of guilt or annoyance at ‘how it was before,’ because God has stopped looking at ‘before.’ It is all brand new.”

These words were shared with me and it held so much value and truth for many of us. It will be reckless and dangerous to re-enter the world with the same energy that existed before this pandemic. It will be terrible to bring into this “new thing” the “old things” that have been the status quo of your life. It will be insulting to God to not bring forth all that has been deposited in you in this year. Maybe all along, we haven't been "buried." Maybe we have been planted and it's time to blossom. (They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seed). YES!!! Good MUST be birthed this year.  


While I challenge myself to embrace the newness of motherhood and otherwise, this is a clarion call for you to join me as we give birth to our “new things” mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, relationally, physically and so on.


Isaiah 43:19, 20b


“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland… Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.”


What has God spoken to you in this season? What will you do with what you know? Can He trust you to move for Him? Have you surrendered as a vessel unto honor that He can make use of? The time of folding our arms and sitting idly has expired. We are in a new thing, so let’s do something worthy for God.





Ready to be stretched.