For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? (Isaiah 43:19a, NLT)
I have a 6 year old daughter. Like most children her age she loves attention and approval from her father and me on everything she does. Not long ago she sang with her first grade class in a program at school.
As she was performing in the program the lights were very bright on stage. She could barely see me and her father out in the crowd but she kept looking for us until she could. When there was applause she listened to hear our voices above the crowd.
In the middle of singing her first song she started to wave at us. Some of the other 1st graders waved at their parents also but some of them started crying. They all were still very cute.
The thing that seemed most common among them is that whether they were crying, waving or actually singing most of them were looking out in the crowd for whoever was there to support them.
This reminded me of my relationship with Christ. I have to learn to look for God that way. Regardless of my circumstances or how hard it may be for me to see Him I have to always look or as the Bible says seek Him. I have to look for His approval, His attention and His reassurance that I am doing okay.
I have to stay reminded that the Lord is doing something great in my life right now? He is doing a new thing. Maybe it doesn't seem that way but He is. The scripture above says He has already begun. Then the question is asked, do you not see it?
Sometimes we don't see it because we are not looking. Circumstances can certainly make us miss the great things that the Lord is doing in our lives. There are some things in my own life that are not going quite the way that I would want them too. But in the midst of all of these things I am still so in awe of God because I can still see His hand working in my life.
I am not saying that the Lord is just going around making every rough situation disappear, although I wouldn't mind that. But He is changing me within the situation.
I have found when I focus on issues in my life they blind me. All I can see is the pain. All I see is what I don't have and what I feel I need. All I see is what could or would happen if God doesn't fix it the way that I have asked him to.
When I focus on issues I dismiss the fact that although money was tighter than tight last month we still paid our bills. We still have a warm place to sleep and food to eat.
When I am distracted by issues I miss hearing God is my daughter's laugh.
The Lord is doing something great with my situation or He is doing something great in me. Sometimes He is even doing them both at the same time and either way I don't want to miss Him.
In small ways He whispers that everything is going to be okay. He says it through the birds singing so beautiful outside of my window in the morning.
He says it through my husband's warm embrace.
He says it through my friend sending me a text saying that she loves me and hopes that I have an awesome day.
When I focus on issues instead of looking out for messages from the Lord I miss the fact that even now there is not all pain, all tears or all lack. But I have to be intentional in looking for God, in looking for joy, for laughter, for hope. If not my thoughts will be devoured by everything that is wrong.
Maybe your brand new thing is like mine, maybe God is offering you a different way to react to situations you face in life. Maybe instead of looking at and focusing on situations he wants our first reaction to be like my daughters, he wants us to look for Him whether things are good or bad.
Listen, we have already cried all of the tears that we can. We have stayed up all night pacing back and forth and we have changed nothing.
Let's try a new thing. Let do what we can, give the problems over to the Lord and be patient as He works them out as He sees fit.
Keep looking for Him. He's there.
Father forgive us for worrying more than praying. It hasn't done us any good. Our hands are tied and there is nothing that we can do. We understand that sometimes you allow this to teach us to look for you first in all situations. We love you. We honor you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. I Corinthians 13:12 (NASB)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Go out of your way this week to stop, look and listen for the brand-new thing that the Lord is doing in your life? I would love to hear about it. Join the conversation on Facebook.