“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
A celebratory thing has happened today. One that excites me for so many reasons. I’m celebrating something that has traveled with me to and from work every day, to church every Sunday, to small group every meeting. Something laden with the requests of people I love before a Holy God. Something that holds many of my convictions, my sins, my shortcomings. Something that has helped etch into my heart and mind much of what God has taught me over the past year.
I’m celebrating the end of one moleskin and the beginning of a new one.
This is always a celebration for me because it translates to a book of hundreds of pages of writing all because of Jesus. Sermon notes, quiet time reflections, prayers, pleas, epiphanies, bible verses… the list goes on. It all spoke to my heart, was a cry out from my heart, or was someone speaking life to me. Every word was a result of an appointment with God. Every page signifies intentional time God gave me to pick up a pen and record something important.
Its symbolic of intention, of growth, of desire, of progress. I can look at it and see how I have grown and overcome as well as how I haven’t grown and continue to struggle. Major themes of God teaching me in the past year are weaved over the pages. Themes I couldn’t have constructed or picked out. Themes He added to through divine appointments, random sermons, podcasts, devotions, articles, christian friends, bible verses. It all supernaturally weaves together with the same thread over an entire year. Only God is that good.
Coincidently, it also marks the day I will begin to share what God is teaching me on this site. Two exciting, new journeys in one day. Both with God as the author. As a First5 devotion recently reminded me, we can have great confidence of the beginning of anything new that God directs. New beginnings give us an opportunity to trust God and stretch our faith. New beginnings are a demonstration of His faithfulness and power. New beginnings are only new for us because God has gone before us.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6