Putting the New in “New”

creek“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”, (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

For years I read this verse waiting for a new thing because, of course, a new thing was to be a really GREAT new thing. While I waited, my life moved on. I discovered that God likes to give good gifts. These come in different ways. I prefer the gifts that ooze with joy and freedom. I am not certain I have a handle on the gift of suffering and pain that surrounds my world, your world, the world. .

As a mid life adult I returned to a place in the Rocky Mountains that held good memories from my childhood and adult years. This return came after the onset of my chronic illness. I was not prepared for the limitations the higher elevation would have in compromising my body. Beloved people and sights were enjoyed but through a seeming fog of my intense disorientation.

One afternoon I sat by a creek. I watched the smooth water flow, come to a rock in the middle of its path and flow around it unhindered. My years were as this water. I brought all of “me” to these moments by that old familiar creek. God met me that day with new insights.

Each day is new to me but He sees all my days from their beginning until their end. The truly new thing He is doing is bringing me the day. Chronic illness does bring obstacles but whatever my day holds He flows with His grace and with me through it. He wants me to perceive Him saying, “Time to go around this” or “Let’s sit awhile and rest here together. We will move on in a while.” What could seem a wasteland is full of His strength so there is no waste, not with Him.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for helping me see with new eyes. You are my stream in the flow of each day, living water that never fails. AMEN

Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She is single and lives alone in Lynnwood, WA. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.