Several companies and products have been quite savvy in their advertising as we are phasing back into society as this pandemic seems to be slowly flatlining. Many are making accommodations for hard times that many have experienced and are creating “deals,” so we can all get back on our feet.
A commercial by a communication company recently caught my attention. Not because of its special offers or slick graphics, but about our re-entry into life together again, the announcer said, “Let’s not just bounce back, but bounce forward.”
This phrase got me thinking. What have I learned from this time of social and physical distancing, and how will I live differently…a change for the better? I don’t want to just bounce back to the same way of living (not that there is anything wrong with that), but with greater intention and meaning. How is God spurring me on to being more Christlike?
The book of Isaiah speaks of the Lord preparing the Children of Israel to be delivered from captivity in Babylon and return to Israel. He encourages them not to return to “business as usual” but be sensitive to his voice directing them. “Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.” Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE)
You will note from this verse the Lord says he is doing a new thing, not a bunch of new things. Maybe you can identify with me when I say I tend to undertake way too much. When I do, I become overwhelmed, lose focus, and throw up my hands and say, “I’ll never change.” I must keep in mind that my adversary is the master of confusion! I need to focus on one thing that I will now do or do differently, be more intentional about, have a new perspective on, or let go of because God is calling me higher.
Someone once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Let’s not bounce back into the “same old – same old,” but bounce forward into some new way of listening, acting, thinking, serving, or loving. The Isaiah verse tells us that God says it’s “…happening now, even as I speak…”. What’s our first step? Begin by sitting in God’s presence, truly listening long enough to hear what that “something new” is for you.
written by Major Lauren Hodgson, Spiritual Life Development, USA East