For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
The thing that stood out to me the most in this verse is the words “I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Many times God is doing something new. He is doing something new in us, something new for us, ushering us into a new season or opening up a new door for us to walk through but we are failing to see it.
Your current season may seem long and hard and cold. You then begin to settle into a familiar routine, doing the same thing over and over again until it becomes comfortable. Now that you have embraced your season you become reluctant to change.
But at the end of every winter, spring always arrives. No matter how cold winter was, spring still comes. No matter how hard the rain fell, the wind blew and the temperature dropped, Spring still arrives with her warm sunshine, new growth and longer days.
Spring has already begun to bloom around here. The early mornings and late afternoons are still bitterly cold, but during the day the sun shines beautifully. Sometimes I even feel like bearing my arms to the warm sunshine and letting my bare feet sink into the grass. One season is ending and I am looking for the sign posts of the new season to come.
This is what God is calling out to us, for us to look out for the signs posts of the new season that is coming our way. He has already begun, He is forging new pathways for us to walk down, opening new doors for us to pass through, bringing new people into our little worlds and bringing new opportunities for us to flourish in.
But if we are stuck in our old habits and not willing to embrace change we will not see it. If we are not listening for His voice, we will not hear Him. If we are focused on the past and not looking to our hopeful future we may just miss it.
Instead let us look ahead to our new season with hope and courage. May we ever be drawing closer to God to hear His voice and listen for Him calling us out to bigger and greater things. Let us lay aside our old way of doing things, leaving our bad habits behind so that we can begin to walk more freely in our new spring season.
So I encourage you to embrace the change that is coming your way for if winter never gave way to spring there would never be any new growth.