“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.”
Changes come in all shapes and sizes. . . some are as ordinary as buying a new breakfast cereal, and others are life altering - the loss of a loved one, divorce, or a catastrophic medical diagnosis. Whatever it's size, change can be difficult. Every change, in its own way, forces us out of our comfort zones -- it can cause us to have to look at things much differently than in the past. We are, after all, creatures of habit.
We want consistency, but then, God bursts in! God is on the move!, Just as God is on the move, so He calls His people to be on the move with Him. By definition, it is impossible to move and stand still at the same time. It is also difficult to move forward, if our eyes are locked on what is behind us, instead of anticipating what is coming toward us. God, it seems, likes to make and do things in new ways. What looks like difficult or impossible circumstances when our gaze is locked on the past as we stand still, becomes more than manageable when we start moving in the direction God is going.
God it seems is doing a new thing. He is all about making a way in what appears to only be wilderness and wastelands. God is all about renewing, restoring, and expanding His kingdom of love and hope. Whatever we may experience as individuals or as a community of believers in fellowship - God has a plan.