Devotional–The Struggle of Sanctification—Sonya Johnson
One of the most devastating natural occurrences is wildfires. Many of us think of the destruction of beautiful plant and animal life. However, there is a cycle of life that God has orchestrated for all living things. “During wildfires, the nutrients from dead trees are returned to the soil. The forest floor is exposed to more sunlight, allowing seedlings released by the fire to sprout and grow.” https://www.sierraclub.org/
Everything Has Its Time—”To everything, there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
When change happens, many are resistant to the life cycle. Psychologists tell us that our mind desires the familiar. We are comfortable with the familiar people, places, and things that no longer serve a purpose in our new journey. Our cognition can be manipulated by emotional desires resulting in repetitive behavior, even if the circumstances are unhealthy. Resisting growth is counterproductive. Our world is dynamic—the earth spins on its axis [Earth’s Rotation]. The night gives into the daylight. We cannot remain stagnant and have mind-body homeostasis.
Yes, facing disappointment from unexpected life events is tough. Yet, God has designed the life cycle as necessary for us to move forward. The negative mindset is to seek the comfort of our past instead of moving forward. Either we bargain by accepting the unhealthy behaviors of others just to keep them in our lives, view the lost job as our only option, or become angry, and depressed and decide to do nothing. We fail to accept the change and fixate on our past. Because we crave the familiarity of who and what we know, we lack the motivation to seek new opportunities.
Our fulfillment comes from living our best life every day. God has given each of us a spiritual gift and natural talents. Yes, we were caught off guard when the unexpected life event happened, but God allowed the change to occur for our spiritual growth and development.
God’s Mercy—”Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to the things of old. Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
How do we let go of the familiar? First, pray and acknowledge your hurt and disappointment which may bring many tears. With a grateful heart, thank God for doing something new in your life. Acknowledge that only God can provide humanity with our best life. The little things that we give to ourselves count as nothing compared to God’s gifts. Focus on the “New Beginnings” that God has planned for you. God’s grace allows us to see a new day. Pray for guidance and direction every morning. Remember that we were created to accomplish the will of God.
Prayer: God, please help us to accept Your will for our lives, even if it brings disappointment. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.