Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"See I am doing something new!"

January.

Just the mere mention of it brings forth images of dark mornings, cold days, ice and snow (at least for those if us living in the Northeast.) Regardless of your climate, January means an end to the holidays and festivities of December. Houses are stripped of their lights and decorations, diets have begun, family has gone home and everyone has settled back into the ho-hum of everyday life.

Same old, same old is the way I would describe my January so far. My kids are back into their homeschooling routine and in doing my mid-year assessment of where we are vs. where we should be, I was dismayed to find out that summer vacation is a long, long way off, both from a calendar perspective and a work-load perspective. The scale tells me I had a few too many cookies during Christmas vacation and I can't seem to get my house back in order after the holidays (yes, we are the only house on the block with Christmas lights still on.) To say my mood is less than ideal would be an understatement - is it SAD, or a case of the winter-blues, or a lack of exercise and fresh air?  Who knows for sure? What I do know is that "same old, same old" and "ho-hum", and "blah, blah, blah" run in direct opposition to the Good News that God reveals about himself in the scriptures. And when my life runs in direct opposition to that Good News, I know it is time to hit the reset button, spiritual speaking.

Last Saturday while spending some much-needed time in Adoration, I picked up my Bible and turned to one of my favorite scriptures - one I am especially fond of when the going is not so great - Isaiah 43.  This time, however, I read a little further than I normally do and came to this passage: "See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth - do you not perceive it? In the wilderness, I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers." (Is 43:13)

The power of the words immediately jolted me out of my funk. "See I am doing something new! Do you not perceive it?" I felt like the Lord was asking me the question directly - both challenging me and inviting me to take the blinders off my eyes and see what He was doing in my life. My mind played over the areas of my life that I perceive as a challenge - the frustrations I feel, the fears I have - the wilderness that makes me wonder if I am just covering the same ground over and over again without any real progress.  In that wilderness, the Lord assured me that he was making a way - "do you  not perceive it?" I saw the struggles of my own sin, shortcomings, and failures that can often seem like a barren wasteland - with little hope of growth and change - and I heard the Lord whisper to my heart:  "I am making a river - do you not perceive it?"

In Revelation 21:5, the Lord says: "Behold, I make all things new." St. Augustine, in his Confessions, addresses the Lord saying: "O beauty, ever ancient, ever new." In Christ, there is always something new - a new grace, a new hope, new life. The dark, gray days of January do not diminish that - nor do the dark seasons of our life - seasons of illness, grief, loss, fear, doubt.  I left the chapel asking the Lord for the grace to perceive the "new thing" that he is doing in my life - a perception, I know, which can only be received as a gift from God himself. I also left with a sense of peace and gratitude - that even if I cannot yet perceive it - God is doing something new!

What is the new thing God is doing in your life?  

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13 comments:

  1. Debbie - there are many "new" things about to happen in my life. And everywhere I keep getting affirmation of the very difficult decision I had to make (I left my job of 16 years) I just LOVED reading this today it was meant for me as well. Thanks! Much love to you!

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    1. Don't you just love when God gives us those confirmations? I will say a special prayer for you and all the "new" things in your life today, Cyndi!

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  2. So true, faith changes everything.

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  3. Meant for my ears and soul as well. Thank you Debbie.

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    1. Thanks Michael! I love how God's word meets us just where we are at and with perfect timing. It is truly alive!

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  4. Ah, how refreshing is the Living Word of God. Catches you by surprise sometimes and sets you on the right path. Beautiful reflection on his daily presence!! Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  5. Oh Debbie, I needed this today! I'm about to dive into 100 different new things this year and I'm scared. I've let so many things fall through before that it's hard to have trust in myself that this time will be different. But I feel that it will be different. I feel God with me and I just need to trust Him. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I will pray for your endeavors! The line before this passage talks about not reflecting/dwelling on the past - how easy it is for me too to get stuck in all the things I didn't get done, but God is truly about new beginnings!

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  6. Funk. Good word. That is exactly how I felt since about Halloween. THAT SCRIPTURE is such a spiritually and emotional shaking (in a very good way) . THANKS for sharing and for joining as often as you do with #worthrevisit wednesday blog linkup!!

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    1. Funk - I do love that word! The word you shared last week about procrastination has had the same effect - jolting me out of my wheel-spinning funk! I thank the Lord for the gift of Social Media and being able to really be the Body of Christ over great distances!

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  7. I absolutely love this post! Adoration is the perfect place to go when things start to get a bit wonky in life. The Lord will certainly create a new river in your life. God bless your homeschool!
    Thanks for linking up. There will be new linkups every Friday.

    Lexie Robinson
    www.thegenesisfeminist.com

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