A New Thing


Isaiah 43:18-21

18 “Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.

19 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.
20 The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.

Work continues on the home renovation.  After two months without, we finally have hot water!  Oh how I appreciate that simple pleasure.  Interesting what happens to a hundred year old home with galvanized pipes with water that had been turned off for nearly two years; once everything was back to “working” order, gunk cloaked all the new stuff!!!!  Does it ever end?!  Everyday feels as though we take one step forward and two steps back.  Today is ungunking day and letting the clear water flow and purge the pipes.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the “new thing” that God is doing because we are so preoccupied with the gunk that seems to get stirred up whenever God is in action.  When God’s plans are unfolding, evil is always disturbed.  It takes faith, trust and perseverance to walk in the way of our Lord.  Gunk will happen but if we stay the coarse there is a promise of crystal clear water that will refresh and satisfy.  He will “provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the Lord who has provided this new home for my family.  I have to remind myself daily to perceive the “new thing” that God is doing; that He is making a way in this wasteland and my job is to rejoice and praise Him.



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