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To do something new, even if it’s better than the old,

we often experience resistance . . . at least at first.

 

 

I’m thankful for this comfy cozy cabin. Though the giggly lil’ girl

in me is still tucked inside these cabin walls right between the

boards of the tiny simple shelter it used to be.

 

The darker cabin above, on the left, is an old one I enjoyed as a youngster. The middle one is in the
process of transformation. The golden one, on the right, is completely reconstructed.

 

“Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19 ESV

 

 

This new little cabin, which I shared this past weekend with a few of my friends, is comfortably familiar. In fact, if there was building version of comfort food this little dwelling would be it for me. 🙂 As soon as I was eight, I was old enough to spend a week at Camp Harmony. And that I did. Every summer I couldn’t wait to get there. Afterall, I had guaranteed excitement for a week with my friends.

 

In recent years, the decision was made to rebuild new cabins over top the old cabin frames instead of tearing them down. After all, they’ve been aging right along with the rest of us . . . however, the giggly little girl in me is still tucked inside these cabin walls . . . right between the boards of the tiny simple shelter it used to be.

 

Yet, I’m thankful for this little dwelling both old and new. I love the new version with the front and back porches, the two lofts, as well as the kitchenette, bathroom and heat. But I must say, I do feel a twinge of sadness knowing the old ones (as inferior as they are) will all soon be invisible, and swallowed by the new.

 

Do you have a hard time letting go of something comfortable or familiar?

I do . . .

 

When I gathered with my friends in the comfy cottage last weekend, we gave some thought to the value of letting go of things, like mindsets and emotions, that might be familiar or comfortable, but also could be unhelpful or destructive.

 

Mulling over negative thoughts toward your neighbor, entertaining feelings of anger for being overlooked, or rushing through your day without being thankful for something, are all unhelpful mindsets that cause us to stay stuck. Oddly, these can feel comfortable because they are familiar. To do something new, even if it’s better, we often experience resistence. At least at first.

 

“Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

 

I want to remember, and I want you to remember too, to let go of the familiar and comfortable,

 

when it gets in the way of the-better-way,

 

and embrace the new things God is doing in and around us.

 

 

Let me know how you’re letting go of the old to embrace the

new things

God is doing in and around you 🙂

 

 

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