“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.” Isaiah 54:11
Sometimes we need to begin again right where we are, somewhere in the middle. Sometimes in the middle or just before a big breakthrough, things get really fuzzy and we get a little lost in the process, start making excuses, start believing untruths, start looking around for other amusement. It’s a tricky time the middle and we must steady our grip and stand firm.
Beginning again doesn’t always imply a whole new leaf or moving cross-country or getting away in order to find myself. Sometimes beginning again is staying with it by shaking off that which is hindering me. Good things will spring forth when I keep fighting the good fight, keeping with it, staying with it. There is a struggle going on, but I push through it. In the middle of the journey, in the middle of the Karoo, I pause to refuel, drink a cup of coffee, clean my windscreen, toss the bad music, and choose to believe that the landscape will not always be this semi-arid land, with nothing to see but more semi-aridness. I choose to believe that there is more to life’s view, even when I cannot see it.
Focusing too much on something on the periphery or in the rear-view mirror or what others are doing or saying, or an intense feeling, can make me lose sight of where I was headed in the first place, lose sight of my purpose, of who I am, of what I am busy with. There are dangerous diversions by the wayside that can keep me from focusing on that which lies ahead and within. Beginning again in the middle is about recognising the diversions for what they are and paying them no more mind, renewing strength and mind, remembering purpose, shaking off mediocrity and leaning in again. Beginning again can be done by going on with a fresh perspective, beginning in the middle.
God loves me and He is with me.
I know, believe and rely on the love God has for me – 1 John 4:18