A fresh start. A dawning. A new beginning.
“And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt.” Hosea 2:14-15 (MSG)
God has a way of resetting everything. There are certain points in life when we just reach the end of our rope. Sometimes, it’s by our doing. Sometimes, it’s ordained. No one gets to escape the night. No one gets to escape the fall. But He knows. He knows. He has a way of reaching out into those pits of despair and setting our feet on Solid Rock. He gives us a clean slate. A fresh start. A new lease on life.
And we can hope again.
We are once again faced with a sea of endless possibilities. But though we may respond as that young girl did fresh out of Egypt – with delight and with thanksgiving – we are no longer that young girl. We travel through the acres of hope and onto the promised land with the added benefit of hindsight.
It’s up to us what we do with this second chance. It’s up to us to decide whether we are going to use the lessons we’ve learned from our first outing in the wilderness to reach the Promised Land. Or if we’re going to waste this chance and make the same mistakes over again.
There’s a journey ahead. It’s not going to be easy. But one cannot and should not worry about tomorrow. Let the future worry about itself. Just be thankful for the fresh start. Be thankful that you have reason to hope again. Be thankful that you were saved. Be thankful that the embers of hope, love, joy, peace and mercy are once again coming alive within you.
Thank Him. Thank Him. Thank Him.