Yesterday, my husband and I had to make the decision to head to the Apple store to pick up a new computer for me. Months ago, I began to notice that my sweet Mac Mini desktop computer was starting to act out a bit- and I’ve gone through plenty of Mac’s in my day, so I know the telltale signs of The End. Even so, I had been avoiding getting a new computer for as long as possible. For one, I didn’t want to jump the gun since computer’s are obviously very expensive. If my Mac Mini decided to stick it out a bit longer, I’d hardly find myself needing two at once! But here’s the main reason I put it off as long as possible:
I’m just not a fan of changes. Even “fun” changes like getting a new laptop or upgrading to a nicer phone. Heck, I didn’t even want to get a smartphone until last year, and I think the only reason I did was because adding my phone onto my husband’s plan was virtually the same price in the end. (But, of course, now I’m hooked on Instagram, so there’s no turning back, right?) 😉
What is it about change that bothers so many of us? Is the clean slate intimidating because we’re afraid of dirtying it up a bit? Or are we that stuck in our ways that we just don’t find change to be necessary?
For some of us, the latter is true. I’m not one to upgrade to the newest anything just for the sake of having the best. Actually, I couldn’t care less about iPhones and enormous TV’s… (and anyone that’s been to my house should be bursting out laughing right now and nodding their heads in agreement. Our TV is inappropriately small for the size of the room it’s in. Haha! #idontcare) But there are times we just need to get out of our “everything is fine how it is” mindframe and embrace new changes in our lives- because sometimes change is necessary in order to grow and keep moving forwards. (And no, I’m not talking about material things anymore! haha)
Most times, I’m personally afraid of changes in my life (especially personal ones) because I know the mess I’m capable of making. I remember the mistakes I’ve made in my life. I was even afraid of starting this blog because I remembered all the times I’ve failed at blogging in the past. Thankfully, God reminded me that I don’t have to dwell on ANY past mistakes because He’s given me something new. He’s wiped my slate clean. If He doesn’t ever bring it to mind anymore, then neither should I. (More on that in another post!!)
So here I am with my new laptop. I brought it home, booted it up… and when I saw the blank slate, it hit me that this fresh start was exactly what I needed. I can see that God is bringing me forth into a new season of my life- and I have no idea what’s in store- but I’m trusting Him. I’m trusting His direction, His plans, and His love. Just like my new computer, I know that my life isn’t going to stay fresh and uncluttered. It’s bound to get messy. Life always does. But having a blank slate to start on is a gift.
At the beginning of the new year, many people write down new goals or ambitions. We welcome that fresh start when we make our own plans. We commit to resolutions that will change us for the better. We want a new beginning.
What if I said you could have that right now and that those changes could last for an eternity?
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
The thing is, that’s what God wants for us. He wants to take our old Hard Drives that are full of clutter, and mistakes, and yes- even spiritual viruses- and He desires to wipe them clean. Give us that blank slate. Make us new.
On a day to day basis, I’m being upgraded, rebooted, and rebuilt. With every confession comes the emptying of the trash can. With every new revelation comes a new patch to fix the “bugs.” When we foster a relationship with our Programmer, He never leaves us without an upgrade. There will be times when we feel like we’re at a stand still, but after that season is over, we’re given a new slate. Something better and more reliable. A processor that is greater than the last.
But, my friends, the good news is that there will eventually be an end to these upgrades. The end result for everybody is seeing the Lord in all His glory- and for those of us that have endured this life and accepted His magnificent Gift, he makes us a promise-
“He will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
And who wouldn’t want that? It’s about time I embrace the upgrade.
(Yes, I got all that from getting a new laptop.) 😉