A New Thing

Happy New Year! It's the first day of 2015.  And how fitting that the verse of the day in my Bible App is this one:

 Isaiah 43:19. 
"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."

This is a part of one of my favourite chapters....reminding me that God cares for me, loves me, and is always providing for me. He has plans for me that are good. 

The part that I get a kick out of the most is the slightly sarcastic: "do you not perceive it?" How many times has God blessed me and provided for me and I haven't even noticed. I'm in my own little world, focussing on the things yet to be done, and I miss out on all the ways he's already moving in and around me. Lord, open my eyes to what you're doing right now. 

I also love the verb "am making." It is not finished for me yet....he is making a way....currently, and continually....its a journey. I can't expect perfection or a finished work. It's a process that He is doing and I am privileged enough to be a part of. 

And lastly....and maybe the best part....is a little line not included in this verse but tucked several verses further down in the chapter. The second half of verse 21 says, "...that they may proclaim my praise." The reason for all of this is that His name will be praised. Not so that my life can be comfortable. Not so that I can brag about the things I have. But so the whole world will see what a great God I serve. 

My goal then, this year is to:
1. See and notice what God is doing around and in my life. 
2. Jump in and be a part of the process wherever that may take me. 
3. Proclaim the praises of the One who holds my whole world in His hands.