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Believe again, hope again

Believe again, hope again by Hannah Ng’uni

Wait! Before you ‘cancel’ whole of 2020, new beginnings are not just limited to the start of a new year, this year is not over therefore it is not too late for a new beginning.

Safe to say the lockdown period has not been without its challenges and taught many some life lessons. Certainly, for me, adapting to change healthily has been one among many. So much has changed so quickly, most of it out of my control mixed in with moments of feeling overwhelmed by it all. Especially when the end of this virus does not seem to be in sight, at least from the physical. But I choose to put my hope in the Lord. You can too, you will not be disappointed (Romans 5:1-5).

Psalms 31
24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

I feel how one navigates the now and approaches the next chapter will depend on mindset, perspective, and attitude. Two people in the same situation could have two different thought process for e.g. one thinks ‘I cannot wait for this to end and get back to normal again’ and the other, ‘this has happened, now living the new normal, how can I move forward’. It would seem the former is living in the here and now, the latter is looking beyond the now.

How the present situation is viewed may either cause one to remain stagnant, looking back wishing for the familiar or urge one to adjust and adopt new ways so to keep moving forward. Think about it, though things may have been on halt or disrupted, the seconds on the clock continue to tick…ponder that for a second.

With that in mind, I ask myself, how many more seconds need to tick by before realising there is a reason for my existence, a God ordained destiny for my life, a purpose to be fulfilled and it will not just happen whilst I’m sat wishing for ‘normal’ again?!. Perhaps you can ask yourself the same question.

Isaiah 43:18-19

18 Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth.
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

We are not designed to stay the same, but to grow and progress even through life’s challenges because life will always happen, but we cannot move forward looking back.

So, in relation to self-development, ministry, visualising, pursuing goals and positive change, growth this pandemic should not stop you, this pandemic should not stop me. Yes, plans may have been interrupted, the experience of loss (of any kind) too great, faith shaken, hopeless feeling or motivation gone but I encourage you to believe God again, hope again, dream again, visualise again! A new beginning awaits you! The world awaits you!

So, do not ‘cancel’ twenty-twenty just yet, you can still achieve plenty!

Reflection Moment
Romans 5:1-5
Psalms 31:24
Isaiah 43:18-19

What commitments can I make for August?

In what ways have I cancelled August as a result limiting God?

What have I learnt about the attributes of God in the verses

Hannah is a registered Dietitian who is passionate about helping others optimise their nutrition and health. She is part of the youth leadership, welcoming and praise & worship teams at Authentic City Church. Hannah loves God and family, enjoys serving others and She is Authentic.

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