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Get Started!

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Sometimes the hardest thing in life to do is ‘get started’. Often, there are many new witty ideas; great intentions; new resolutions and even profound declarations expressed, but never an action placed. BEGIN. The very thought of the word can invoke fear and uncertainty. Starting new, whatever the concept might be is not always easy.

My sister and I made an agreement to an exercise plan for September. We chose to start out on a 19-mile trail (we were not aware of that fact initially) which connected several city trails. It meandered under a major interstate and through less traveled wooded areas. We have yet to complete the entire trail one-way. While on the month-long journey, there were several adjustments to the initial plan. It began to rain heavily in our area. A contingency plan was needed to not abort the mission. Walking a local mall in the early hours of the morning was inserted. When weather permitted, we would return to the outdoor trail walk.

While enjoying the coolness of the indoor mall, noticeably was the sweaty, outdoor roughness of the trail walk missing. We couldn’t wait for it to stop raining! While it was enjoyable being in the comfort of air conditioning, there was also the privilege of smelling Cinnabons and Great America Cookies baking before opening hours. It was pleasurable and painful at the same time.

When the rain finally let up, immediate return to the trail occurred, without reservation or debate from either party. Our chosen starting point this day was near a creek which frequently flooded during heavy rain periods. There were some wonderful photos taken while out walking that morning.

Very noticeable was the mile count as well as the 911 locator at the starting point.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

0.0 Stop looking at the work required or possible challenges. Just get started.

The scripture also reminds me that a new beginning is not always anticipated. God said here, it shall spring up! More often than we would like to admit, our desire is to remain in control. We want to control WHAT happens and WHEN it happens. Even HOW it happens and definitely WHERE it happens. When God is moving, freedom is required. The Spirit of God should have open access to move freely in our lives.

What ‘spring’ have you shut down or closed off?

What blessings might you be blocking yourself from?

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The very same scripture states provision and protection are available. While approaching these rocks, there was instant recognition of the protection offered. There is protection of the rocks falling from erosion or being swept away by flood waters. There is also protection for walkers or bikers and small animals from falling rocks.

Trust God in the process of the new thing He desires to perform in your life. Erase fear from your vocabulary because protection is provided. If it is a God ‘new thing’ the worst thing that can happen is success!

Psalm 91:11-12 encourages “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (CEB)

God has not given us the spirit of fear. He loves us so much, he has given a mind full of power, love and one of security.

Trust God with your new thing. Believe God for a new thing. Love God in the new thing.

Do not lose another day. Get started.