Broaden Your Horizon
Chaplain Tamekia Milton
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
"Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do 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 43:18-19) NRSV
Spring is right around the corner! The weather is changing, flowers are in bloom, yet it might appear that situations and matters in your life are still the same. What do we do when we look around and find that the world and people around us are moving/shifting, but our status or condition has not changed? How does one manage the array of thoughts and feelings that encumber their heart and mind when they experience not being where they had hoped to be, or having what they expected to have by now? We Broaden our Horizon! While this idiom/ phrase is quite familiar to some, I’m not sure if it is really applied to life as much as it is given credence.
Broadening your horizon is expanding the lens from which you view or know things to happen. It is thinking outside the box in terms of the When’s, Where’s and How’s in life. It involves trusting and believing the Creator to author and finish your life according His divine plan. The above mentioned Scripture is a Word from the Lord through the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah declared this message to the Children of Israel while they were in captivity in Babylon. A fact to note is that this was not the first time the Children of Israel faced bondage. They had previously been delivered several times from dry and desolate circumstances; places and predicaments that kept them from witnessing the promises of God or from apprehending that they were God’s chosen people. Yet, God, having brought them out before speaks through the Prophet Isaiah to encourage the people and at this time challenges us not to “consider the things of old,” but rather expect “a new thing!” Broaden your horizon to imagine with hope, how God will reveal Himself in your life. God may decide to do a work with you and for you that has never been done before. One the most beautiful and amazing characteristic of God mentioned in this text that I’ve personally found to be true is that He is, “I Am.” In Exodus 3:14 “God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.” In others words, God can manifest God’s self in ways that are immeasurable to human beings.
God is supremely amazing and has the power to uniquely and innovatively “spring forth” in our lives. Just when you think something is purposed or designed to happen in one manner, the Creator divinely orchestrates when, where, and how He will “make a way” to provide what you need and desire. I invite you to be open to the infinite possibilities that await you, when you Broaden Your Horizon!
In honor of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated in March, I share this quote from Ms. Oprah Winfrey:
“All of us need a vision for our lives, and even as we work to achieve that vision; we must surrender to the power that is greater than we know. It’s one of defining principals of my life that I love to share: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can ever dream for yourself.”
Prayer: Gracious God, may we seek to surrender to your perfect will and plan for our lives. Bestow upon us the grace, strength, wisdom, and patience needed, as You carry out Your divine work in and through our lives. Holy Spirt of God, grant us the peace which passes all understanding; as we expand our faith and vision in God. Amen.