Residue, 2015 Refelction
What a year 2015 was...
I could on forever, but honestly, I just don't have the words yet. It's interesting, the concept of the new year. As much as I try to fight it, it's as if there's this assumed sense of a grand closing of a chapter and doors flying open to a new beginning. If there's anything the last three years have taught me, it's that seasons are not necessarily determined by the confines of a year. So, I think it's safest to say that I'll be floating for a while -not aimlessly, it's just that I've finally come to a place where I'm willing to yield my next steps, no matter how big or small, to wherever God's calling me.
The guest pastor at my church, Hope City, shared a pretty awesome reference with us last week and it has stayed with me over these last few days:
Don't carry the residue of where you've been into your new season. - @degroves
He then went on to explain about how in biblical times being told to take off your shoes by a superior was a sign that a promotion was coming, and how God told Moses to take off his shoes before calling him into his purpose.
I love that analogy because I would dare to say that we're not always aware of the residue we're tracking around. Some residue may be more obvious, like a really bad relationship or destructive behaviors. Others may be more subtle, like a bad attitude or emotional baggage that we just can't seem to shake. Regardless of whatever our residue is, the simple truth is that we're all carrying something, and that's why I love that he offered such a literal description of God bringing us into a new season.
I've seen a ton of posts talking about leaving negative energy, people and so on behind as we approached the new year, and I think it's especially important to do a climate check and scan, well, everything.
Kicking off those old shoes and leaving behind any residue that doesn't compliment God's calling requires a whole other level of faith.
As hard as it might be, I just want to encourage you guys, and myself, to keep your eyes on Him and trust the path He has us on.
Have a great night you guys!
Peace, Love & Sunshine ~Chels