Going into the new year or new season or new opportunities requires adjustments, decisions and determination on our part. When Israel left old Egypt for the new promised land, they increased the difficulty of the transition by taking old issues, and resultant attitudes, with them. It is OK to take a wilderness experience into promise. We all have some kind of wilderness experience at some point in life, if not several of them. Having gone through the not-so-fun wilderness events, we tend to come out on the other end with negative residue on us. Not “washing off” the residue of the past will taint the tomorrow of promise. It is OK to go into promise with a wilderness experience. But is destructive to go into promise with a wilderness heart. What we don’t leave in the wilderness, trips us up in the promised land. Achan’s family, as well as himself, suffered the consequences of a wilderness heart in the promised land (Josh. 7). What we don’t get over today, overcomes us tomorrow.
“It’s not easy being green”. The truth is that even if redefinition does reveal a right motive, a right heart, being repositioned is still a horse of a different color. At that point, Fear usually steps up to filibuster, talking incessantly to delay action and cooperation, like a child wanting to learn to swim but staying on the side of the pool in indecision, talking fast about everything that comes to mind, asking a thousand questions to delay the process. No, it’s just “not easy being green”, especially after you have already ripened in another place. The truth is however, that repositioning and redefinition into a new place does not mean we are “green” or the “new kid on the block.” A new place does not make a diligent man of destiny a novice starting over. On the contrary, God moves us to new opportunities because He knows we are prepared for it. (Twelfth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Fresh Obedience”)