What a wonderful word!
The idea of our past mistakes being forgiven absolutely.
Are there still consequences for our actions? You bet.
But now we are not stuck in the past,
having instead been given a new way truth and life in which we can walk,
a future of promise.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope and a future.”
once all the footage is in,
the editor is given the task of
cutting, copying, and pasting the film together
so that it forms a powerful and cohesive whole.
There are scenes, brilliant snippets of reel,
that end up getting cut because they do not fit
the master narrative,
either they slow down the pace or otherwise
take away from the work as a whole.
Life is like that, sometimes
we must cut out even the good things
if they clutter, clog, or distract.
There are a billion different ways we could go.
LORD, give me the wisdom to know which paths to follow
and the strength to persist in the paths You have marked out
Don’t tell yourself you’re changing
Not counting a serious life event,
you’ll always be you.
The expression may change and that’s it.
Just have fun.
And if you ever tell yourself I’ve got nothing to offer,
refer back to the first segment.
And play around with it!
The expression of your unique combination of genes
and experiences may astound even you.
Be careful what you ask for
for you just might receive it.
Count the cost. Do the research. Know yourself.
Choose your path wisely. Not all roads
lead back to center.
Standing on the brink of infinite horizons,
I take a breath and say,
“all right, God, what’s next?”