Day 1: Renewal

This week I’ve embarked on a 10-day journey that is inspired by God. A journey to draw in closer. The interesting part is I don’t have the exact theme of this 10-day journey upfront. It’s as if God is saying: you will learn along the way – and write as you go. So, I said, “God, you want me to write as well and I don’t have the full picture?” I could imagine God smiling down at me wanting me to be in a place of vulnerability and trust. So, here I am!

Today’s light of direction received came in one word: renewal. Renewal is an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption. Years ago, when paper magazines were really popular – I would receive a renewal notice in the mail about two months before the subscription ended. There were usually bold letters on the notice reminding me to renew before the subscription ran out. The objective was to avoid interruption so my magazines would keep coming. Despite all the warnings, I may have missed a renewal and then had to restart my subscription.

There have been many occurrences in my life that I could see as potential interruptions. I’ve started projects and then life throws a curveball and suddenly the project goes untouched for months. I’ve had instances where I healed from a broken relationship and felt whole. And then a new situation happens in my life, only to remove me from my state of healing. The pain interrupted my progress.

David understood this well when he said in Psalms 51: 10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51 represents David’s plea for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing. David realized that his sin interrupted his connection to God. He wanted to be renewed and refreshed – not just on the outside, but in his spirit where it mattered most.

Like David, we all have experienced interruptions. Some we created and others were forced upon us. But the hope of renewal is that it offers the opportunity to resume again. We can start afresh with new hope.

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