There have been a few very kind people reminding me that “change can be good!”. Of course my head knows this is true and even my heart is whispering an affirmation of that statement, my emotions however are a little slower to get on board. This morning I was in a meeting and my face, I’m pretty sure, communicated a calm demeanor but my leg that kept bouncing up and down under the table said something totally different. That darn leg betrayed my inability to control my emotions! But we can discuss that another day…. What I really want to share is a scripture that has been rolling around in my spirit since I’ve started meditating on this process of change, and that is Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Three things stand out to me in that verse
1. Behold, wake up! Pay attention! (God snapping his fingers). I know that so often God is trying to get my attention but I am too caught up in and distracted by my fears, my plans, and my entertainments. I think often about God teaching Moses that he speaks in a “still,small voice”, and I think, for the most part, that is how God communicates to us, quietly, in stillness so that we are forced to stop, be still and listen in order to hear him speak. But I think also that there are moments and messages that are so important that God has to boldly get our attention, when the Angels brought the message that Jesus had been born to the shepherds, ” behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…” And before Jesus ascended to heaven, ” …and behold, I am with you always…”, these were messages too important to be missed. The same is true with Isaiah 43:19, the message that God is doing something new is a crucial one, one that we need to hear and to heed. God is always doing something new and we need to be looking for and be expectant of it. It is when we get comfortable in the routine and the mundane that we begin to get off course and miss what God is doing. Behold, I do a new thing…
2. “…will you not know it?” Whose responsibility is it to find out what new thing God is doing? This portion of the scripture tells me that it’s mine. Will you not know it? God is asking you a question, are you going to do what it takes to find out what I am doing? Will you do the research to find what the heart of God is? When we understand the heart of God it’s easier to figure out the plan of God. Psalm 103:7 speaks to this subject, “He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the children of Israel.” God showed Moses his ways, how, when, where, why, the children of Israel only saw his acts, what he did after/as he was doing them. What was the difference? Intimacy. Moses had an intimate relationship with God. The bible, in Exodus 33:11, says that Moses spoke to God face to face, he had a face to face conversation in a time when people were afraid of God. In order for us to know the new thing God is going tp do we must spend face to face time with him.
3. ” …I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” I don’t know what you’re going through but I do know that somehow God can make an impossible situation possible. He cam make what looks like it’s dead come back to life, he can change the heart of your spouse, bring your estranged child back, provide finances, a job, a home a car. God, can, God has, God will! “…with man this is impossible, with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
So we must all learn to not just embrace change but seek it out. Gods word and his character always stays the same but what he is doing in our heart and in our life and in our world is going to have a newness, a freshness to it so that we are not tempted to stop growing, stop searching and keep seeking!