Over a year ago I wrote a blog post titled A New Thing. I talked about experiencing my first Christmas and birthday away from my family and how although it was a new experience that didn’t make it a bad experience. I shared that God had been prompting me that I was moving into a season of taking hold of a “New Thing.”
This idea or theme had come from Isaiah 43:18 and 19,
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…”
Last year, as God continually spoke that to me, I was challenged to deal with former things. God brought out deep areas of hurt and wounds within myself from the past. God brought me to times of letting go of activities and functions I had previously participated in. God asked me to take intentional steps to close out the former things.
As is always the case, my expectation for 2016 was that it would be filled with new things because that is what God has spoken. The reality though was different. The reality was that God was using 2016 to prepare my heart for the new things I would find in 2017 and beyond.
God was cultivating within me what would be necessary for these new things to take root and spring up. God was cultivating within me what would be necessary for these new things to stay rooted when the wind and the rain appeared. God was cultivating within me what was necessary for these new things to withstand times without rain.
God was cultivating me.
Now a few months into 2017 I wanted to share one of the new things that God had been preparing me for. He had been softening the soil, getting rid of the weeds and working so that this new thing could take hold.
At the end of 2016 I began a new journey at my church as our NextGen Pastor. This means that instead of just working with our youth team to love and inspire our youth students, I now work with a large group of leaders and volunteers to care for, inspire and love on our children and youth from birth into college. A few months into this new thing and I can tell you that I am so thankful for God’s season of cultivating. This new thing has taken more energy from me, has challenged me to think differently and has made me let go of so much. This new thing couldn’t and won’t happen if I stay fixed on the former things.
Thankfully, God is still tending to the soil of my heart so that this new thing and the others to follow will continue to be fruitful.
What I love about God doing a new thing in me, is that it is dependent on God and not myself. I must only rely on and trust God, He will cultivate and tend to the new things.
There are more thoughts swirling around in my mind and more new things that God has started within me and that I believe in the year (or more) to come that we will see spring up!
My prayer this season is that I would continue to let go and not dwell on the former things that He has asked me to lay aside and that I would see and take hold of the new things, the new promises He is giving to me.
God, that my heart would continue to be cultivated for Your miracle life and promises to spring up and take root. That I would let go of the former things, former fulfilled promises, former fruitfulness, that I could see the new things take root and emerge. May I trust in your faithfulness and timing in all thing.
What about you? Are there new things in your life that God wants to cultivate and bring forth? Are you hindering these new things by dwelling on the past?
Will you allow God to do a new thing in your life? Will you trust Him in what that will take and what that will look like?