Isaiah 43:18 & 19
“Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
I don’t have issues with change, for the most part. Like, I was the mom or am still the mom who was like, off to school kids, with no tears in sight. I’ve enjoyed the kids getting older and becoming ya know…..people. Maybe it’s because I had like 5 million toddlers all at once. Ok maybe it was only 4, but it totally felt like 5 million! We change, the people around us change, but sometimes it’s not always for the good. It’s hard when sometimes the changes happening affect relationships, or how we start to see life. I’m pretty sure I have seasonal depression. Ok, so, well, I have depression anyways but let’s just say that winter season causes some serious damage to the soul in all it’s darkness and cold stuff going on. So it’s gonna happen all the time, this change thing. Whether at the time it’s us, or someone else, or our environment, change is bound to happen.
If I’m being honest here, I’m in some situations of change right now where actually, I’m not a big fan. It’s difficult for me to see the positive in what God is doing in this change thing. Well, I fell upon this verse that I’ve read before, but I saw it a bit differently. I saw it in the place of change that I’m at. In the verse it says, “the things of the past”. Instead of looking at the past as way long ago, I maybe need to start to look at the past as in like yesterday, or a few hours ago. Letting go of the crap I did then, the garbage that doesn’t move me forward. If He is making something new, if change is happening, I’ve got to learn to let go of what doesn’t serve towards my ‘new thing’ He is springing forth right? If I’m gonna trust in His promise that He is rebuilding something in my change, then I’ve gotta grace myself up and give grace up to others. He can’t rebuild something on nasty, ya know what I’m saying? The last part of the verse is like, woah! ‘I will even put a road in the wilderness. Rivers in the desert.’ Last time I checked, there ain’t no rivers in no desert my friends. He is trying to be like, I can do some kick butt things, so sit up and pay attention. (I’m totally talking to myself here.)
It’s scary, this change that keeps happening in our lives. Sometimes we don’t even ask for it or see it coming and then what in the heck are we supposed to do? We are suppose to believe that He is making something new. Whatever was in the past or the ‘former things’ aren’t making it anymore and it’s time. It doesn’t make the sting of the change go away especially when it was a person or circumstance that we didn’t ask for or see coming BUT it does give us hope.
‘Don’t fear change. You may lose something good but you may also gain something great!”