Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea at the time, but in retrospect was a bad idea? Such was the case with my holiday travel plans this year. For some strange reason, I decided to book our return flight on the afternoon of one of the busiest travel days of the year. We got to the airport and were greeted with what seemed like an endless line of people waiting to check their luggage. At this particular airport, it took twice as long to check bags because you had to go to the kiosk to not only print your boarding pass, but also to retrieve your checked luggage tag. You then had to drop off your luggage at another counter before going to the security checkpoint line. Needless to say, I was more than annoyed!
The next morning I was reading in 1 Samuel 9 & 10 about the calling of King Saul. Samuel the prophet was told by God to go and anoint Saul as Israel’s first king. (1Samuel 9:15) When Samuel approached Saul with the news, Saul wasn’t sure Samuel had the right guy. In fact, he asked Samuel, “Why do you say such a thing to me?” (1 Samuel 9:21) Even though Saul felt that he was unworthy of being king, God had a bigger plan for Saul.
In 1 Samuel 10:1 we see that Samuel anointed Saul and in verse nine the Bible says, “God changed Saul’s heart.” Finally, in verse ten it says, “The Spirit of God came powerfully upon him.” And yet right after all this, on Saul’s coronation day, when the people were looking for him to crown him king, he was nowhere to be found. (1 Samuel 10:21) The people had asked the Lord where Saul was and God said, “He has hidden himself among the baggage.” (1 Samuel 10:22 ESV)
Now, why was Saul hiding in the baggage? Did he feel that unworthy of the position or was he simply intimidated by the responsibilities associated with the job? The Bible never tells us exactly why Saul was hiding in the baggage, but after reading this passage of Scripture it got me to thinking about the New Year.
I always find the New Year to be a good time for reflection and renewal. I try to use the time to learn from the past and look forward to the future. Oftentimes, however, it is easy to get stuck replaying all the mistakes that have been made or the misfortunes that have been experienced. It’s easy to get so focused on the negative things that have happened to us or because of us, that we can find ourselves stuck; lost in the baggage that comes with poor decisions or unforeseen circumstances. Obsessing over what was or what could have been all the while, neglecting to look forward toward a brighter future filled with new hopes and dreams.
In Philippians 3:13-14 The Apostle Paul said, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize.”
This New Year, I pray that you will have greater expectation and anticipation of what is to come and renewed vision of what should be. I also pray that you will experience God’s favor, grace, and mercy on your life as you make plans for 2017.
Don Davis is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.
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