Fresh Hope – 10th July 2019

That turning, colour wheel! More officially known as the ‘Spinning Wait Cursor’. Few things give computer users that sinking feeling more than the sight of that turning colour wheel! You could be half way through a project that has taken you hours, then all of a sudden the colour wheel shows up. It starts spinning, and doesn’t stop. You know that if the colour wheel doesn’t stop spinning, stop processing, you will have to ‘force quit’ the program and reboot the computer, most likely losing your unsaved work! Once I left the colour wheel spinning overnight in the hopes that hours later, in the morning it would have finished its processing and I could continue my work. I was wrong. I was left with no choice but to force quit and start all over again!

How often does our headspace get stuck on the ‘spinning wait cursor’? For hours and hours, days and days, years and years, we go round and round, processing the same offenses, fears, frustrations and negativities. We’re not making progress. We’re stuck. That wheel will keep on spinning until we call it a day, and ‘force quit’ our cyclic thought patterns.

Some of us need a mental ‘reboot’.

The Israelites had their own spinning wheel problems. They had a mountain to scale, but they kept going around and around and around, until they finally learnt their lesson, and could then take ground (Deuteronomy 2:3).

You may have been spinning the same wheel for so long now that you can’t comprehend a way out. But God’s love and mercies are new EVERY morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). We are given a fresh, blank, word document every day. Free for us to fill in the blank. A habit of a lifetime can be broken. An offence of a lifetime can be broken. An attitude of a lifetime can be broken.

Jesus specialises in making all things new (Revelation 21:5). He is always doing something new (Isaiah 43:19). Therefore it is never too late to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

Emma Burchell

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