Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things, I am about to do a new thing;t. I will make a way in the wilderness
When I read this scripture all I could hear in my head was the part where God says “do you not perceive it?”. Let’s see if I can explain what I heard…Do you hear it? It’s coming. Do you hear it? Come on, you know you hear it. Here it is. Just around the corner. It’s happening. Very soon. Here it comes……The voice I heard when I read this scripture was so encouraging and playful, almost teasing. But it was also very reassuring because I have really struggled with being patient for God’s timing and this scripture is telling me that the answers are just around the corner. As I read the previous verses of this chapter God is telling Isaiah that He is always there for us “because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:4). God has staked claim to our lives, as long as we are willing to give it to Him. He tells us “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43: 1-2) Two different times in this chapter God tells us “Do not fear” because He is with us, He will not forsake us, but rather protect and lead us. This chapter is so touching. God is clearly acting as a parent trying to convince his child of his unconditional and unending love, as well as the lengths he will go to protect his offspring. He loves us unconditionally and He will do anything to protect us, He will forget all our transgressions for His sake and only asks us to love Him in return.
I love that God chose this chapter to speak to me because it is exactly what I needed. I have been very anxious over all the opportunities and paths that lie before us; I just can’t see the outcome of anything. I know that God’s plans are perfect and that He is working on my behalf and I just love that He is not just asking me to be patient anymore, He is providing me with the anticipation of what is to come, almost like Christmas. I may not know what the gift is, but I very quickly realized that the anticipation of said gift is actually part of it. This is exactly what God is saying to me in this scripture reading, I have something new for you, something that will be fulfilling and bring you many blessings (because that is how much He loves me and all of His children), and it is just around the corner. He is even asking me if I can perceive it because it is that close. I can’t wait to see what He has in store and just like that my anxiety has been transformed into anticipation and excitement.
We had a slow start to our day with some fun plans of an adventure park (aka: a rope course), but the delay of getting to the mall for some new gear for Jeff’s marathon in a couple weeks didn’t allow us enough time to fully enjoy the rope course. So after a quick impromptu family meeting, we all decided to postpone that to another day when we were guaranteed more time there by an earlier start to the day. So we made the 45 minute walk back to the apartment with a short stop at the grocery store. Unfortunately this stop quickly turned our pleasant and happy day into fighting and arguing over who got to carry the paper towels home (silly, right?). This is one of those parenting moments that you just look at your children is dismay. Why are you fighting over something so stupid? Our walk home from the store carried the same frustration, but once we got home the kids were all quick to recover and were soon outside running, playing, and screaming together.
In the end, God always comes through with changing the tides and guiding us through the storms of our lives, as long as we are willing to listen and follow His call. His plans will bring us more blessings than we could ever conjure up ourselves. He does this because He is our father, always looking out for our best interest because He loves us unconditionally as His children.