Change in the Air

I love being on the brink of new seasons. The first taste of fall’s crisp air after a long hot summer or the first bloom of spring after a barren winter, I’m always captivated by how the transition brings hope for something different, something new.

We’re on the brink right now, aren’t we? Our summer adventures are coming to a close as we begin a new chapter. For some of us, we’re ecstatic to be back with our people and for college to rev up again; we’re dreaming up all the ways this year will be good. For others of us, there’s a bit of a tug on our hearts. Maybe summer was hard. Maybe family stuff is pretty hectic right now. Maybe our health isn’t what we thought it was. Maybe relationships feel pretty broken. Maybe last year’s baggage just won’t stay in last year. Whatever it may be, transitions from what we knew to something new can be a bit tougher than we thought.
 
Sometimes it’s shame that overshadows the hope that things can be better this time. Sometimes comparison steals our friendship with destiny because we let fear talk us down.

Whatever it is that may stop you from believing that this season could really be more than you imagine, I’m asking you take this moment and breathe.
 
Lay it down.

Surrender it here.

Say His name.

It’s okay if it has been months since you’ve even spoken to Him out loud. There’s no condemnation here.

This is your beginning. Let the Author of Life speak into it.

What does He have to say?
 
“Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me.” - Song of Solomon 2:13

There is change in the air, dear one.

Positioning ourselves for more starts with this right here: connection with the Father. James 4:8 says “Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you”. Just like it says in Song of Solomon, to reach the higher places we so desire for this year we must go with His presence.
 
Here in His presence, let Him show you this new day. Let Him tell you what’s breaking through in your life and the promises of more He so longs to shower over you.

One of my favorite parts of this verse is the first sentence: “can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you?”
 
One of the simplest things we can do in surrendering the past and dreaming for the future with God is just being curious! I think too often I miss the new thing blooming before me because I can’t see past the weeds. Curiosity is an intense desire to know…would we dare to be curious about who He is and what He’s up to?

Eric Johnson once said, “God wants to do something you have never seen before, something you’ve never heard of before, and curiosity is a key in understanding and moving into the Presence of God.”

The start of more is turning our heads to the Presence of God. The joy we so long for, the connection we yearn for, the belonging we desire, the more we’re destined for…it all ripples from the heart of God. Knowing Him and being wrapped up in His presence transforms the weariest of wastelands to streams of living water.
 
I want to encourage you that this is your destiny to take. You were not meant for the wasteland. You are called to arise to the high places with the King. More is yours because of the gift of Jesus. So I bless you, friend, in the name of King Jesus, that every promise of more would overflow in your life this year. I bless you with intimacy with the Father. I bless you with courage to be curious. I bless you with hope to trust the process of surrender. No matter the unknown, He is always, always better than you think, and His love for you will bring you rest that you never thought possible.

Thank you, Jesus, for change in the air. For life budding at the vine. Even on the brink of newness, Your steadiness never changes.
 
Author | Emily Goldin

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