I am not a fan of the statement . . . “God is the God of second chances.” The words, “God is the God of new beginnings” hold so much more power than a “chance” of doing something again. A second chance does not render the picture of transformation as a new beginning does.
When life seems to have gone to a dead-end, when there seems to be no way out, when everything seems impossible, there’s always something more. I’ve experienced and seen how God uses the dead-end–no-way-out moments to bring about new beginnings. These new beginnings could only be explained by God’s transforming presence.
I saw it yesterday. After preaching the message, “Just Call It A Day,” I drove to Pacific City to officiate a wedding. I left the Willamette Valley and drove north along the Oregon coast. The weather abruptly changed around Neskowin from hot and sunny to a cold wind and fog. I felt disappointed for the wedding couple. But, when I turned into Pacific City, the fog lifted; the blue sky and ocean gleamed with the brightness of the sun.
It was perfect for the wedding couple. Both have experienced the high winds of adversity, making it difficult to see beyond the moment. The storms of their past gave way to a new beginning. Nothing else can explain their new beginning except for the work of God. As we stood on the white sand with Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop and I pronounced them husband and wife, it occurred to me that the sacred space had been reserved for them before time began.
We step into the sacred place of a new beginning when we trust God; it’s what the song, OCEANS, by Hillsong United, expresses.
Trust. Watch closely. God is the God of new beginnings.
Watch closely: I am preparing something new;
it’s happening now, even as I speak,
and you’re about to see it.
I am preparing a way through the desert;
It’s a promise to memorize: God will prepare a way through the desert. The desert is not a dead end. God will make a way through it. Water will transform the dry and dusty places of life.
Watch for it. God is doing something new.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)