Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
(Isaiah 43:19 MSG)
This week is the beginning of a new year. The days ahead will be filled with new things for us. I like the way the prophet Isaiah frames it for us. Something brand new. Things we have never done before. When we look at the year before us, we can see some of those new things on the horizon. The new things will burst out around us. But, will we have eyes to see these new things?
I get excited about new things. I can’t wait for them to come. I look forward to experiencing them. At the same time, I am also a little anxious. Our human nature clings to things we know. We don’t like change, and that’s the problem with new things. Almost always they change things around for us. Sometimes new things take the place of old things that we really enjoyed.
As I am writing this, I remember the first day I worked at Xerox. The man who picked me up and was showing me the ropes told me there were two thing I needed to know. The first was not to get upset about things I didn’t like; they would soon change. The second was not to cling to the things that I liked, they too would change.
New things. That’s what life is all about. Each breath is a new breath. Each beat of our heart is a new beat. Both are new things that we have not done before. And without them we die.
When we look at our scriptures, we see that from beginning to end God is always doing new things. New things are life.
Lord God give us eyes to see and embrace the new things coming our way this year. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!