I need to share something with you. I don’t read that much, well at least as not as much as I would like to. I have a pile of more than 20 books at home waiting to be read, yet I have been stuck on the same book for some time. And that’s because I keep falling asleep on the same page.
That’s right! I will sit down to read a book and inevitably I nod off before I get to finish that page. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the book I am reading, actually it’s quite excellent… but for some reason I just can’t turn the page.
I think that sort of problem can be the same for us in our spiritual lives as well. We can get stuck on the same page of life and it stops us from moving forward to receive all that the Lord has for us. Sometimes we are stuck because the thing that has occurred has hurt us, like when a loved one passes away or a marriage breaks apart.
At other times we get stuck because we can’t imagine things getting any better than they were at that point in time, perhaps the birth of your first child, a really great church service or that time you scored a goal at soccer. In both cases, when we don’t turn the page we potentially rob ourselves of the new thing God has for us.
Now don’t hear me wrong on this and think I am saying we should just forget these times, because that’s not correct. I think it is important to mourn those times when we have felt loss, and to celebrate those times when we have been victorious, but we can’t camp ourselves at those moments in time. We need to keep moving forward towards the new thing that the Lord has for each one of us.
We need to turn the page of our book of life every day because your story has not yet finished. Sure, some chapters have already been written but there are more still to come. Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”.
You and I may never have experienced the joy and victory of the resurrection of Jesus had the disciples not turned the page following his brutal death. They were hurting and they were devastated, but the best news ever was just a couple of days away for them.
The same is true for us. The best is yet to come, all we need to do is turn the page of life and be ready to receive it. So today, if you have struggled to move forward, simply turn the page and start writing the next chapter of your life story.
Written by Wayne Hindson, ‘The Big Breakfast’ Show Host