“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.” Isaiah 43:19
I’ve been doing some painting. Long overdue painting. Each wall that is completed, I stand back and remember how it was and admire the way it is now. I’ve been wondering to myself, “Why did I wait so long to do this?”
A fresh coat of paint makes everything seem new again. It covers all of the imperfections, the scuffs from book bags and the scars from busy lives. Not to mention a whole new perspective when you change the color. I’ve chosen colors from a line called tranquility. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Cool, light, airy colors to lighten and brighten my home. Two bathrooms completely transformed by a pale light blue. Love it!
I adore the sunrise. It brings hope of a new day. Yesterday is gone. The sun giving hues of orange and yellow on the horizon is the promise of the sun that is coming. When the sun peaks into the morning sky it gives birth to a new start. New mercy, new grace. It brings hope to me that today can be different than those that have already passed. I can’t change them or get them back. I can just move forward into what God has in store for this day.
I sense this is the year that God does something new for you. He’s heard the prayers, seen the tears. He knows. He’s also seen your triumphs and bouts of joy. He’s there. Through it all. There isn’t one ounce of pain that you have endured that does not have purpose. And those joyful moments? Those should be turned into worship sessions!
His unfathomable, unchanging, relentless love for you covers your flaws. When you allow Him to, His love rushes in like a raging river permeating every crack, crevice, imperfection and scar. It makes all things new again. Fresh, abundant, thriving. You have to receive it though. It’s not enough to say you have God’s love. Don’t block all He wants to do in your life this year because you feel unworthy or ashamed. Those are lies from your enemy! God is about to do something new in you and for you. Do you believe it?
There is no distance too far that His love can’t reach you. He is in relentless pursuit of you. He adores you. This something new that He wants to do takes a little effort on your part. You have to believe. You have to take God at His Word and believe in the something new. I don’t know what it is. I imagine it is something different for all of us. A new job, a new friend, a new relationship, a new class, a new boss, a new neighbor the possibilities are endless.
We already have a new year. Let’s trust God to go over the top with new opportunities to spread the gospel for all of us this year! Let’s step out boldly in faith by receiving the love He is placing over us. As we become secure in that love the new beginnings in our lives will blow us away. He will make a way for you. He is reaching out His hand to guide you through this year. Accept what He is offering to you! Happy New Year!
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