“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
As I prepare this piece of my story, the tv plays in the background and from a cartoon I hear, “If you never leap, you’ll never know what it is to fly.” I’m awestruck having just prayed for help to write this. Leap? Who me? The old me squeals, “No”. The new me says, “Now!! Take the leap, take the plunge—Christ is your life jacket and parachute. He’s everything you need.”
In my wander and prayerful search for answers, a word of knowledge arose to me: ‘a new thing’ or ‘new creation’. I turned to Google and Bible Hub for help. I found Isaiah 43:19 says “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Yes, I perceived it, I just didn’t know what I was perceiving. It continues to say, “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” Then I came across 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”
Chapters have closed and new ones have begun. I’ve often said that I’m not the same person that I was pre-fast. Post-fast me is stronger, wiser and more like the person I believe God has created me to be. I’ve transitioned from timid, shy, indecisive, insecure, fearful, ‘little ole me’ whose preference was to stay in the background and blend with the scenery, to a bold, confident woman who recognizes that every ounce of worth and value is from God above. Through fasting and praying, my relationship with God has led me to a better understanding of who He has called me to be which has resulted in a true understanding that I’m not supposed to blend, but rather blossom and represent Him.
Cast down your idols—comfort, security, risk aversion, walking along the edge of the shore and go beyond the shallow end of the pool!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making me a new creation. It’s easy to want to blend in with the crowd, but I know you have called me to so much more. You have given me an unique identity that no-one else has and a purpose that no-one else can fulfill. My value and worth are found in your image. May I never forget this and may I live the life You want me to live out every day! In Your name, Amen.