trACker number346 New is never Old Until the New Comes
by Dudley Anderson 12/31/2010 / Devotionals
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31 December 2010
"New" is never "Old" Until the "New" Comes
"We're sorry, Dudley," my mother said with a hug. "The man at dad's work has already sold the bike so you won't be able to get it this Christmas." I was devastated. The one thing desired more than anything else in the life of a 12-year boy of the mid 1970s was a Chopper bicycle. I already owned a bike but it was well worn and falling apart. A high-rise-handle bike was the thing to have - and the Chopper bike was "it". My parents promised to do the best they could but, as they walked away, I closed my bedroom door deeply disappointed and heartbroken.
Life's full of disappointments. How many times do we set our hearts on something new in life just to find that it slithers between our fingers like warm oil? At the start of a new year we all have high hopes and aspirations for the "new" and the "better". We set our sights on lofty targets every New Year in the hope to simplify life or find that ideal job or get out of debt only to discover 12 months later that nothing's changed. Could it be that we impatiently pre-empt the plans of God?
One thing that I have discovered about God-tracking is that God's purposes for me are always new. In fact, I have discovered that "new" is well always "new". For instance, the New Year only becomes the Old Year when becomes the New Year again! We're always living in the New Year right up to midnight on New Year's Eve. The scriptures tell us that in Christ we are new creations; we are called to sing a new song to the Lord; in Christ we enjoy a New Covenant and we are like new wine in new wineskins. Walking with God through Christ you will discover that what God promises he always fulfils. In Christ all of the promises of God are "yes". However, the key to experiencing the "new" is to wait patiently for the promises of God, like waiting for midnight to come on New Year's Eve. You see, the "new" is never "old" until the "new" comes.
Christmas morning finally arrived. I woke up early as a boy of 12 does, but this Christmas I felt different. I made my way to the Christmas tree with a little less sprite in my step than usual. Here I found my parents waiting for me, sipping steaming coffee. My father handed out some smaller gifts, which I opened with appreciation and joy, but somehow the disappointment in not receiving my new bike was clearly evident. Finally, when all the gifts were eventually opened my mother turned to me and said, "Dud, look behind you." Up to this point I had been captivated with the few brightly wrapped boxes under the tree. I turned and looked deep into the still gloomy lounge. There it was - a sparkling green high-rise Chopper bike.
God-tracking is always waiting patiently for God's new purposes.
Have a very, very blessed New Year.
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength... waiting for the endless good which God is always giving as fast as He can get us to take it in." --- George Macdonald
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
My Lord, You are Faithful
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
"Lord, I am sorry for trying to pre-empt your purposes. I admit that I have experienced many disappointments in life but often I realise that these were because I took my eyes off of you. Lord, you never disappoint me. Thank you for your promises and your fresh compassions. Thank you for your love and your kindness. Thank you that you always have my best interests at heart. Thank you for your planned purposes for my relationships, my career, my happiness and my peace. I lay hold of your promises and patiently wait for you to deliver. My Lord, you are faithful. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk