Reflections: Day 7 - Reflecting over the Horizon
Updated: May 18, 2020
This 7-day devotional series will reveal how to spend this time in quarantine reflecting and examining your life through God‘s eyes, so that you can redeem your thoughts towards your past, be present with Him and boldly enter the post-COVID world in the center of His perfect will in this season of our lives and the next.
I didn’t realize I was a beach bum until I moved to California. I never grew up around the beach being from Indiana but as soon as I started going to the beach, I realized I could sit there all day doing nothing. I quickly bought a tent, beach chair and towel. I don’t go nearly enough. I plan to change that once I move closer. But sitting on the sand, watching the waves and staring over the horizon is mesmerizing. It seems infinite.
The beach is the perfect place to reflect and do one of my favorite things:
Dream. God sized dreams. About my future.
Like I said before, a new normal is coming. Instead of fighting it, I want to be equipped and positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities that lie ahead. And how awesome that we serve a God who knows all things and can reveal the things to come. If only we were bold enough to ask and believing enough to listen for an answer. So many ideas have been birthed for me in this quarantine, including starting this blog. I am sure there will be all kinds of new technologies, businesses, practices and procedures developed from the pandemic.
Wouldn’t you rather be an influencer of what becomes the new normal than have the new normal forced upon you?
The world should be looking to God’s people for solutions and what’s next instead of the other way around, which has become common. Waiting on the world to change when, we the church, should be changing it. We have too much power and authority to sit back and wait to see what happens.
Let's spend this time in reflection partnering with God on the future and our role in it. Wisdom is essential in navigating the weeks and months ahead. No one knows what is coming next, only God and maybe the creators of the Simpsons. I believe there is an ocean of creativity that has not been tapped by the body of Christ, rich in innovations that can change the course of your life and those around, all for His glory.
Whom shall we fear when He goes before us, making our paths straight and lighting our way. Jesus calls us not to worry about tomorrow and we should not because if He is with us today, He will surely be with us tomorrow and the next day. He has a plan and hope and future for us that far exceeds our expectations and imagination. Your future is bright if it remains in Him.
All we need to do is set our gaze upon Him, knowing as surely as the sunsets and rises again, so does God fulfill every promise He has for you, if you stay faithful.
Scriptures to Read:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.
Create a dream board, using scriptures, pictures, drawings, whatever to visually represents the promises and dreams God has for your life. Write the vision and make it plain to anyone who may see it. Post it somewhere you can see it every day.
Holy Spirit, I ask for wisdom. Lead me into all truth and guide me in the direction I should go. You have a hope and future for me. Search my heart and remove all that may hinder me. Renew my mind that I may know your perfect will. Give me the desires of your heart Lord. Synchronize my heart, mind and spirit with yours so we are one. Let me dream your dreams without limitations. Give me faith to walk out the truth identity, purpose and legacy you have for me to bring glory and honor for your kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven. Amen