Proverbs 11:27 NLT, “If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!”
I was reading an article this morning which mentioned finding and eradicating negativity from your life and preparing yourself for the new things God has in store for you. A couple things hit me when I read this; One, who do I surround myself with, people of vision or vision suckers?; Two, if my life is full of old habits and mindsets, how can there be room for new?
I was reminded of an old garden in early spring, overrun with weeds and the remainder of stalks and stems from various plantings, all of which produced a beautiful harvest the previous fall. However, in order to plant new things, I had to pull up the old, till it and get it ready for a new season, hopefully one even more fruitful than the previous one. I could not plant new tomatoes amidst the plants from the old season and expect greater harvest, for the old would choke out the new and hinder growth.
Sometimes that’s how it is with the new things that God is trying to do in us. We try to hold on to things that no longer bear fruit simply because it’s familiar and we have good memories of what it bore in our last season, when all the time God is trying to remove the old to make room for the new. It could be staying in the same old job when God has clearly opened a door for a new one, but it’s such a huge risk and we weigh the economy and decide to stay. Why? We have reasoned ourselves right out of the new season simply because we don’t have the vision and trust to see what could be.
It’s never easy to let go, to give up, put away what doesn’t fit anymore. Some of us are so attached to the old that our closets overflow with things from the old season. Give them away to someone who can use them now and trust the Lord to provide new ones when you need them. Don’t build a relationship with inadamant objects. Everything you have is replaceable, but God cannot be replaced nor can he share the space with all your stuff. It may be late for spring cleaning, but some of us need to do this in every area of our lives. Out with the old, in with the new.
Father, I only touched on a small part of what You put on my heart this morning, but hopefully it helped put in perspective the things You’re trying to prepare us for; Your Kingdom, Your way of doing and being, in the earth. Your Kingdom is in us, we just need to make room for it. Thank You for reminding me that I have some old things in my life that need to leave to make room for what You have in store for me. It’s a little bit scary placing my feet where I can’t see, but I have set my attention on the One who knows the way I’m going and I trust You. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray and give You all glory for the great harvest You have planned for me. Amen