'He burned the plowing equipment.' 1 Kings 19:21 NIV
God told Elijah that Elisha would take his place as prophet. And Elisha's ministry started like this: 'He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people ...Then he set out to follow Elijah' (1 Kings 19:21 NIV). It sounds pretty drastic. Destroying his old way of life meant he could never go back to it. But it symbolised the end of Elisha the farmer, and the beginning of Elisha the prophet.
When we start something new or different, it's not only about stepping forward into the future; we may have to remove what could lead us back into the past. To begin a new chapter, we may have to end an old chapter. Elisha didn't have to burn his equipment to follow Elijah - but it was his statement of faith that there was no turning back.
Whether in our relationships, lifestyle or something else, we may need to end a chapter before we fully move into the new one. When God told Lot and his family to leave Sodom, the angels warned them: 'Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain' (Genesis 19:17 NIV). They needed to keep their eyes on what was ahead, not on their old life. And we need to do the same.
So what now? What's been holding you back from moving forwards? Write it on a page. Ask God to help you move on. Then, on the other side of the page, write your hopes and dreams for the future.
Soulfood: Deut 1-2 Matt 11:20-30 Ps 42:6-11 Pro 16:17-19,