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One of my favourite passages in the Bible is found in Isaiah 43:
‘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.’ (Is 43:18-19)
God, that ever-creative God, is always doing a new thing. He is always making a way in the wilderness and providing streams in the wasteland, as He did for the people of God for forty years before they entered the Promised Land. In other words, God is always looking for opportunities to do good things. Even when situations are far from good in themselves, He is able to do good things.
We need to be willing to embrace new things. That might mean taking up a new hobby or being willing to change the way we do something. It means being unafraid of change (not easy for most of us) and being positive about doing something different (or something differently). We’re all being forced to learn new things at the moment, often involving technology and taking us out of our comfort zones, but maybe God is pushing us towards new things. We are having to embrace new things, whether we like it or not, but this can be a challenge which leads us into deeper connections and positive change.