Something New

Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

I hate to admit it but sometimes I miss out on a wonderful gift or a new opportunity from God, or I delay the blessing. That doesn’t happen every time. However, when it does, it’s my fault, not anyone else’s. Do you do that too?

I wanted to be a teacher since the first day of kindergarten. I selected a college because it was known for the quality of teachers who came from there. After college graduation, I taught school for many years and enjoyed it.

When my son went to school, we followed the same schedule. It was perfect. I never dreamed I would leave teaching.

After the divorce, God was doing a new thing. I had prayed God would not let the divorce be in vain. My own ideas of how God would answer prevented me from seeing what God was doing to grant my request.

I didn’t perceive what was springing up because I didn’t expect God to change my career. In my reluctance to change careers, I delayed the blessing. I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences this kind of struggle.

Maybe your prayer is for a job, a wayward spouse, your prodigal children, healing from an illness, more time to help aging parents, or an opportunity in ministry. Even though you live by the ocean, you feel as if you are in the desert or a wasteland.

You prayed and prayed. Perhaps you also fasted. Nothing has changed for the better. Maybe your circumstances have become worse.

Yet God promised he is doing a new thing. He said he is “making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Each of us comes to a crossroad in our faith. One option is to continue to pray and trust God to make “a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” in his way and his time. Another option is to wallow in the desert and have a pity party.

Dear God, help me see that you are doing a new thing. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to show God that you trust him to keep his promise?

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