“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 43:19)
There’s always something nice about a fresh start. It seems like most of us start each new year with good intentions – brand new goals, vision for improvement and maybe a desire to turn over a new leaf. Whether it’s to lose weight, read the Bible, get organized, save money, or get fit, New Year’s resolutions are a mainstay in culture today. But once the parties are over and the confetti has settled, the reality of everyday life sets in, and we remember just how hard change really is. Old habits die hard.
“New” can be exciting and refreshing or – when we get pushed out of what’s comfortable and familiar – “new” can be downright scary. As humans we have a tendency to keep a tight grip on the past, whether we realize it or not. We may desire a new season or want to see change in an area of our life but leaving the old thing to move forward is often easier said than done.
Here in Isaiah, we see the Lord reminding us that He is a God of the new. As we begin this journey together, I encourage you to be open to the new things God has for you over the next several weeks. We serve a God that makes a way in the desert and provides refreshment in the wasteland and as we move forward we become more and more who He created us to be. Whether you’ve recently been on the mountaintop or in the valley there’s a fresh season on the horizon and I believe as you stand open-handed with the “old” He will deposit in you the “new” that’s ready for you.
Prayer: God, you are a God of new things. You make a way when there is no way. Open my eyes to what You would teach me in this season. Help me to hold the past loosely as I prepare for the new things you want to deposit in me. Amen.