I love music. It is food for my soul – especially during our family’s many basketball road trips. Each of us has our personal favorites, and these days the teenagers are more opinionated than ever, but generally we tend to listen to a little of almost everything.
But there is one thing we all agree on. The annoying habit of radio stations replaying the same songs over and over again! You know that song that WAS your favorite? Well, after 15 replays it probably isn’t anymore!
The other day as I was flipping through channels trying to find a song I hadn’t heard too many times, a thought crossed my mind.
Those replays aren’t much different from the replays I too often let take over my thoughts.
You know the ones … The not-so-good thoughts. The ones that replay a story-line bearing way too much negativity. Story-lines filled with the grief, hurt, and betrayal of the past. Sometimes it’s the big betrayals and other times it’s the ones we know we shouldn’t even think about at all!
But all of them serve one great big ugly purpose … to steal our joy and land us in a pit of “stuck”.
Stuck looking back.
Stuck allowing the past more power than the present or the future.
Stuck resigning to unfulfilled goals and dreams.A negative thought life leads us right into a pit of STUCK! So, start getting unstuck #betrayed #hope #overcomer #liveagain #momentsofhope Click To Tweet
In the book of Zechariah, we find the Israelites disillusioned with the re-building of the Temple. They had returned from exile in Babylon 20 years earlier and although they knew what they were supposed to do, they were stuck. They couldn’t seem to overcome the obstacles and as their focus rested on all that had happened, they struggled to believe rebuilding was even possible. To rebuild the temple, getting unstuck was necessary. So God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to do just that!
Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple! -Zechariah 8:13 NLT
He means it for us, too, because the business of getting unstuck is important.
He wants us to get on with rebuilding our lives instead of staying stuck in the pain of the past.
Friends, no matter what you have, are, or will face – a good day will come again. Please don’t miss it! Don’t get stuck running those replays and miss the good God has in store. His Word does not come back void (Isaiah 55:11) nor does He break His promises (Numbers 23:19). So, we can believe Him when He says He will rescue us and make us both a symbol and a source of blessing.
Your journey is unique, yet with God, you can walk baby step by baby step out of the past and into the future. You can stop the replay of the injustices that keep you stuck and begin to focus on the replays of all that is good and all that is possible.
I believe in you because I believe in the power of Christ in you!The power of Christ in you is able to accomplish all things! #gettingunstuck #overcomer #betrayed #momentsofhope Click To Tweet
Friends, each time you listen to the radio, I challenge you to let it serve as a reminder to ask yourself, “What storylines are replaying in my mind? The good and the possible? Or those that keep me stuck?”
Dear Jesus, You are the mighty rebuilder of all things. You make all things new, including our lives. Lord, I ask You to purify us as we walk through the fire. Purify us and make us like gold. Remove our fear and our replays of the past wrongs done to us and the wrongs we have done ourselves, replacing them instead with Your courage and Your hope. Move us to get on with the rebuilding of our lives so that our story-line will be one that points to Your might, power, and love. May we each begin to replay Your truth that is filled with our hopes and dreams. May we each walk in a way that glorifies You and brings hope to those lost in the “stuck” of the past. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them. I will say, “These are my people,” And they will say, “The Lord is our God.” –Zechariah 13:9
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