Facing a New Beginning
by Pamela Gauthier
Happy New Year! All of us like something new. Think of how excited we are when a new movie comes out, or starting a brand new relationship, or a new job. It’s the thrill of anticipation when we don’t know what to expect. A lot of times we dream or envision what we’d like to see. There is so much energy in a brand new start. It may be easy facing the beginning of something new, but it can also be challenging at the same time.
If we want to begin the new year successfully, it is all in how we prepare for it. The book of Nehemiah starts with the rebuilding of a new temple wall. According to Nehemiah 2:4, the first thing Nehemiah was faced with was opposition. Nehemiah’s response to the opposition was, “the God of Heaven will help us to succeed”, Nehemiah 2:20(NLT). When facing the beginning of anything new, we must first make a positive confession.
As Nehemiah and his servants continued on this new project, they also faced mockery. The word of God said Nehemiah prayed. When we are faced with hindrances, in order to succeed at what we start, we must believe in the power of a God that cannot fail.
The power of prayer will ensure that what we start will be met with completion. Many times what starts with something new and exciting can turn old quickly. If we become discouraged with the progress, we sometimes have to change our strategy. It says that Nehemiah and the people were enthusiastic about the project of rebuilding. Are we coming into the new year with renewed hope and vision, passionate to face a new beginning? The people that worked with Nehemiah were not only enthusiastic but determined to complete the task at hand.
When facing a new year many times we face problems from the past year that may cause us not to want to move on. We never want to allow fear, intimidation, or the regrets of past failures to hold us back.
This is a cause for celebration to face a new year with great expectations.
In Nehemiah 8:6, the more opposition that Nehemiah faced, the more he was determined to carry out the work he started.
It is important to note that when Nehemiah started this work, he had nothing to start with but ashes. He had to pray and fast to even know how to begin. It took him only 52 days to complete his part of the work. So many problems had arisen to bring much discouragement to the situation.
Nehemiah encouraged the people as they were nearing the end of rebuilding, that the “joy of the Lord was their strength”, Nehemiah 8:10b. This would help them overcome the fear of the future.
As we face this new upcoming decade, let us go on to be encouraged with hope and anticipation for a new and prosperous year. We can be sure what we seek to accomplish will be met with great success. Happy New Year!!!
HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.
Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.
Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.