"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19.
How is it that we relagate a new beginning or a clean slate or a fresh perspective to just once a year? We kind of do, don't we? And I get it, it feels natural it's the beginning of a new year, hope and possibilities seem to lay out before us. We feel a renewed sense of being able to change things and get things done. Then life happens and disappointment sets in and we find ourselves living the same life and doing the same things we have always done day in day out, week in week out and year in year out.
But our God isn't confined to a new year or the start of a new month or the beginning of a work week because we come up against trials and difficulty and tough decisions continuously. "Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?" Oh, I so want to perceive it. It may not look like we want it to look, but we want to perceive it Lord. He's making a way when it looks like there is no way, He is pouring streams into our wasteland. He is sustaining us and holding us in the seasons when the answers to our prayers are "no" or "not right now" or "wait." He is still doing a new thing. He is doing a new thing in our hearts, if we will let Him. He is doing a new thing in our families and in our churches and in our communities.
We can't fathom it, we can't imagine it in our pain and in our hurt, but God let us perceive it...through the fog, through the tears, in the brokenness and in the heart sickness of this life let us perceive it! In Your name there is hope, in Your love there is peace, in Your word there is truth, in Your death and resurrection there is life. You are light, let us shine everything You are on our darkness, on our hurt, on our worries and into our decisions and watch what "springs up."
He is doing a new thing!