“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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 43:18-19
Do you ever spend time looking back on your life? Replaying times when you were happier, skinnier, more successful, or closer to God? This passage was written by the prophet Isaiah during a time of great change in the nation of Israel. The message to the Israelites from God was to stop looking back and focus on the future. God is going to do something new they had never seen before. The Israelites were going to watch God change their history!
I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences in my short lifetime. A chance to do things that have made an impact and change the lives of those God put in my path. I’ve had times where I was closer to God and could hear His voice more clearly. I look at where I am today and I can get caught up in the fact that I’m not remotely close to where I was several years ago. In many ways I become disheartened because I feel I’ve taken steps back instead of steps forward.
If only I looked the way I did at 25… If only I studied my Bible like I did before I had a second child… If only I had stayed where I was I would be more successful… and the if only’s can go on and on.
God’s message for me today was to stop looking to what I used to be and what He has done in and through me in the past. Instead, to focus on the even greater things He wants to accomplish now. To be prepared and watchful for His Spirit moving in and around me. To sit quietly in His presence and be obedient to His voice.
Look at Isaiah 43:19. God says He can make a road in the wilderness and a river in the desert. You may be thinking, “How can God accomplish anything in my life now?” Where you are the most hopeless, God has the most working power. Whatever He intends to do in and through you to change the world will come from His power and not from yours. It will be a miracle.
Stop the striving and start obeying His voice. Be excited about something you have never experienced before. I’ve always felt that our spiritual gifts were never based off our own strengths but our willingness to step outside the boundaries of our mind and allow the Holy Spirits power to work through us.
Let God do a new thing in your heart. The way to do this is for Him to have full control. Change your thoughts and prayers to towards claiming His power, His provision, His opportunities. Then watch and see what happens. Notice the people He brings around you and the way circumstances are changing in your life.
I find it helpful to keep a journal in times of transition. I will write down who I met each day, the content of the conversations, things happening in my financial circumstances, changes in my career, observations about my children, and whatever details come to my mind. Then I can review to see patterns. I will write down the smallest observations. This can help keep your mind focused and aware. Little things can become big things if they are noticed. Trust me patterns will emerge and you will start to see what you’ve been looking for if you just pay attention.