I Will Make A Way

He loves us and is more interested in us finding the way he has set for us than we are in finding it.

“I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

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A way in the wilderness!

When we focus on the present and the immediate next steps before us, we are in the “faith space.” Our Creator promises us that He will make a way in the wilderness. What does wilderness look like to you? Or the desert? One overgrown, one barren, but both very difficult to navigate.

Not many of us have literally bushwhacked through thick underbrush with a machete. That’s my idea of wilderness. But most of us disciples of Jesus have repeatedly found ourselves in the spiritual metaphor of wilderness and deserts.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

When God is doing a new thing, the familiar can begin to seem to like a wilderness…until we start to perceive the new ways and learn to cooperate with them.

When that happens, when we join in fully with the new, the vistas open and become like a river to flow with. The power is no longer our own, but it comes from the Giver of Life, the Spirit of the Living God.

Rest in the goodness of the Giver with obedience to the law of Love. Add measures of perseverance, patience and humble dependence upon our good Creator, which are sure ingredients to fresh perception and cooperation with the will of God.

Is there any area of your life you feel stuck in? Breathe. 

The one who made us knows us. He loves us and is more interested in us finding the way he has set for us than we are in finding it.

Thank you Abba for your many promises to lead us and to protect us. As I breathe, I give you my frustration. Fill me a fresh with your Holy Spirit as you have promised to do! “17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might*….”  AMEN!

*Ephesians 1

 

Do You See it?

If at first you do not see it, look a little more closely.*

If at first you do not see it, look a little more carefully.*

Our Creator wants us to see what He is doing. When He asks “Do you not perceive it?” I don’t think He says it with a tone to make us feel stupid. I think he is excited and wants us to look more carefully. That’s because things are not always as clear as we like.

Isaiah 43:18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Perception is more than a surface look. It implies understanding. I know God is doing a new thing, largely because the way things used to work aren’t working very well any more. It takes much more effort to do the old things, yet at the same time I have not yet mastered the skills of the new way.

The ‘rules’ are changing and I need to adapt along the way.

For example: I’ve known for a few years I would eventually sell my house. I just did not know when God’s time was. After my brother & I sold my mom’s place God confirmed to me that my house was next. I worked really hard for 2 months and put it on the market and immediately left for a “surprise” ministry trip that proved to be completely in God’s timing.

While I was away, I sold the house…for what turned out to be the first of 4 times! My old perception saw ridiculous requirements and delays. But, as I began to ask Abba, “What are You doing!?!” (I admit, not always with the best attitude) I began to see basic things like the place I believe Abba wants me to move to is not ready for me yet. I also am learning a lot about myself and learning new practical skills I never thought I might ever need before.

I am also learning to ask much sooner: Abba, what am I missing? I know your intentions for me are good so, please open my eyes so I can see you at work. Show me how your ways are higher than my ways.

And I’m learning that when He says, “I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” I attempt to de-clutter my mind and spirit so I can see…and hear…and understand, at least a bit better how our Creator wants me to follow my destiny and how my destiny ultimately fits perfectly into His will on earth. 

Can you identify a thing or two in your life or circumstances that you find challenging to understand? Keep that in mind and join me in a prayer:

Abba, HELP! I’m frustrated in my attempts to approach this in the old ways. I know You are doing a lot of new things and I am not understanding this as well as I would like. Open the eyes of my heart to trust you, to see what you are doing in me and through these circumstances. And when it takes me a while, please give me patience with those around me and with “me, myself and I” who all desire to be at rest in the center of your will. Amen

*Can you see the large bird through the leaves?;-}

“I Am Doing A New Thing”

The old is wasting away, the new is breaking through.The old is wasting away, the new is breaking through.

2015 was a really good year and a pretty hard year, for me personally and in the world and local news. Some years ago a couple of verses in the book of Isaiah became my close friends. As time passed, they were buried in my journals and heart, all but forgotten.

Then December 31st, 2015 they came at me from several directions. They were the fresh air I needed:

43:18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.”

Verse 18 has layers of meaning for me.

Last fall I was ministering to women who are coming to grips with difficult situations in their lives. Situations different from, but similar to things I have lived through. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.” These words act as a safe boundary for me. 

Difficult things in my past are not the sum total of who I am. They are part of my history, or HIStory if you will allow the play on words. Learning to see our stories as our Creator does is a process. Our true identity is who God says we are, loved, chosen and called to bring Him glory.

The world and local news also shouts at us that the world today is way more complicated than the one we lived in even at the turn of this century. With technology putting mini computers in billions of people’s hands and real-time news available from around the globe we can be bombarded with sensory overload.

Cell phones were only a far-fetched thought back when I was growing up. My mom used to point to my now grown children’s cell phones and say “I’d have killed for one of those when I was your age!” and she was only barely joking.

Things are new, ways are new. Fortunately, God and His character does not change.

For us to move into 2016 we need to step out of the past into the present, taking one step at a time into our destinies. We are created for  the promises of God and abundant lives.

Behold, I am doing a new thing”

Let’s jump in wholeheartedly and discover….

Abba, Thank you for your faithful presence in our lives! Thank you for wanting us to know You and Your best for us even more than we do. “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Amen

Let the adventure begin!