I am doing a new thing
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
“"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
What comes to mind when you think of the word change? If you’re anything like me you tilt more towards the uncertainty, the unknown, the feeling of anxiousness about not having all of the information. Change has always been something that I have been hard pressed to accept lightly. But without change, there is no growth! So instead of finding myself anxious, I try to remind myself that the unknown can be a great adventure. It can be surprising, full of excitement, and it can be so beautiful.
Here in Isaiah, God is reminding the Israelites that although they wait, although they toil through changes they don’t understand, it’s all so that He can do something brand new to grow them closer to Him. And that brand new thing was the promise of the Messiah! The promise of King Jesus who would be the living water that never runs dry and never gives up on us. No matter the season we find ourselves in. God was turning a story of hardship into the most redemptive story the world has ever known. He promised that He would make a way, and He did that by providing a Son— and not only that but by then sending the Holy Spirit to minister to us.
Change is good, and it can lead to amazing things. Change is also hard, but it grows us in ways we never thought possible. Change is a process in which we are able to figure out where our hearts value truly lies. Are you so attached, so unwilling to let go of something that you would place it above your trust in God? Or are you able to see change for what it is, to embrace is, and to face it head on and with Jesus by your side? Ultimately, being anxious won’t add anything positive to your life, but trusting in Jesus can change your life in a matter of moments.
If you’re going through a season that seems like change after change has come upon you, take heart Christian, because Jesus is walking through your changes with you. There is not a thing that happens in your life that has not passed through the hand of God, and He promises that all things are for our good and for His glory.
It is my hope and prayer that we are all able to see the beautiful things that spring forth from changes that happen in our lives. That we would not cling to former things, but to excitedly embrace new things as they come to us. God is working, and we only see a small part of the canvas, He sees the whole picture. Trust that even in the darkness there is still light waiting to be seen.