Here’s a thought to dwell on:
What goes inside your head
When it’s time to start over?
What’s the part you tend to dread
And what’s the part you long for?
There’s the “fresh start” side of things,
You get to try again.
And sometimes there’s the failure side,
That needs to be made right.
“Depends on the circumstance.”
“Depends on the season.”
“Depends on chance,” we muse.
“Depends on the reasons.”
By times we love a new, clean slate,
A chance to build again.
But other times we face the loss
Of all we’d worked to gain.
This is how the nature
Of a new beginning comes.
Some are bright and happy things,
While others weigh a ton.
Now bring the Bible into play.
Consider all it’s truth.
From the days of Noah
Saul and David, Ezra, Ruth.
Has God Himself begun anew,
Or tried a different plan?
Does God go back to drawing boards
To scheme, then try again?
Yes, He started fresh with cleansing floods
And Noah’s sons.
He hit the reset button
More than once in ancient times.
He told a generation
Who were stiff-necked, proud, and scared
That He would start again with all
Their children’s age instead.
He pulled the kingdom promise
From the line of Saul the proud,
And started over with a shepherd
with a heart of love.
But carefully I ponder all these
“Cleanings of the slate.”
In one sense, yes, He started fresh,
But does God make mistakes?
These “restarts” are all linked
To one great, grand design.
A plan that God will not abandon
Not for all of time.
In that sense He never quits
Would never start again.
He promised us a Serpent Crushing
Seed to right our wrongs.
He’s promised to restore all things
to Eden’s sinless rest,
So in another sense
The whole design is starting fresh.
But He didn’t fail, He can’t be blamed
Adam chose to sin.
And we, in Adam, fell away
From all His perfect plans.
All of scripture’s history
Can be described this way,
God, in mercy great is moving
To restore all things,
To start afresh,
To put things back,
A new beginning, free,
Which Christ secured for you and me
For all eternity.
So, as you stand upon the threshold
Of a New Year’s door,
this new beginning Christ has made
should drive your thoughts and goals.