Leaning on the words of Isaiah 43:19, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reminds us that although life as we knew it may never be the same, we must not dwell on the past, but instead trust in ke Akua for our eyes will be open to new growth and opportunities.
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Mai hoʻomanaʻo ʻoukou i nā mea ma mua,
Forget the former things;
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Given what the world has been through over the past few months, we realize that life as we knew it may never be the same. How do we make sense of what is to come? How do we get used to wearing masks or keeping socially distant?
I was at Costco around the start of April and it didn’t feel unusual to be waiting in line for a minimum of 20 minutes to enter nor wearing a face mask. That was just a couple weeks into our sheltering at home. It seemed like we had been doing this for a while, though it has been a bit shorter. There was an uncertainty of how we would move forward at this time, yet we found ways to make it happen. With ke Akua’s help, we were able to make a way through the wilderness that we found ourselves in.
Part of the challenge that we have in moving forward is our tie to the past. We know what we know, and we want to continue doing what we’ve always done because it’s simpler, even if it does not work anymore. Trust in ke Akua – “forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” These are the thoughts that limit our view of what could be because we only see what has been. Taking that step of faith is scary but it is also liberating. It leads to growth and new opportunities.
When we trust in ke Akua, we will see a new normal, in fact ke Akua has always created new pathways but we just don’t see them because our view is limited. Let’s open our maka to see the new ways, the roadways in the wilderness that are before us. And not just us, but for our haumāna and our lāhui as well.
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