LSOF: A New Thing

Isaiah 43:19

The Message (MSG)

16-21This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
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.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
—the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.

Change isn’t easy.
Change isn’t at time, bearable.
Change isn’t what we expect.
Change doesn’t come at our conveinance.
Change sometimes hurts.
Change sometimes heals.
Change sometimes takes time.
Change sometimes happens in a split second.
Change can be your friend.
Change can be your enemy.
Change can help you grow.
Change can make you fall back.
Change can be a result of us.
Change can be a result of others.

But one thing is for sure, it might be devestating to us…It might bring us pain, or plain confuse us…
BUT ITS CONSTANT.
GOD KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN.
It’s God’s NEW thing.
Regardless of how we see it at the time.
We have that God doesn’t change, that while everything changes around us, God remains the same powerful God who delivers us, who comforts us, and who brings us wisdom on our new journeys.

I remember walking through the dry lake bed as a child. Florida saw its worse drought in history. There were cactuses along the roads. It was hard to believe it was a place flourishing with spring water, manatees, dolphins, and other wildlife.
But a few years later the rains came. The drought had left, and lakes were absolutely full and beautiful.

Our lives are sometimes that way.

We may feel like we are walking through a long drawn-out wilderness, when really its all in how it appears to us. The changes that happened to us, we might feel like we are being punished, when really it is God trying to give us a perspective we’ve never seen before.

I’ve learned to see life as changing. I’ve learned to see MY life as a constantly changing one.

I have had to fight with God on occassion when it comes to taking in this ” new thing” he is doing in my life. At times it scares me. At times I want to just runaway and go back to what I’m used to.
But what I’m realizing is…
I have nothing to fear, and CHANGE helps me to adapt to what I fear.
The more things change, the more I learn that they had to in order for me to be where
God needs me to be.
WHO God needs me to be.

I said to my best friend the other day, ” When did I get boring?”
I said that jokingly, because my interests have actually changed, and I’m doing things,
and learning new things that this creative brain would have closed the book on in the past.

My change is about STRETCHING. I’m being stretched to my full potential.

It’s not just at my job. It’s just my life in general.
It’s been put on my heart to ” let go” of somethings so I can choose to pick up the other
things God has for me.

For too long I’ve led the “sensitive” life. I’ve stayed in the background. I’ve not spoken up.

God said, ” I NEED YOU TO CHANGE THAT.”

You’ll hear more from me on this in the coming months, because I’m sure I’ll be blown away by more changes, but I’m for it.

I want to be who God wants me to be.

Lord, Reign In ME.
In EVERYTHING.

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