See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up;
(Today, this new thing He is doing in us
is entirely His doing, His accomplishment, His creation.
As we look forward to this New Year,
we can look forward through the plan the Lord has for us.
He is doing something now that is
entirely new and different in our lives today.
He has redeemed us from our former chains and attitudes,
of control and of attempts to be in control,
of self-sufficiency, of fear, of despair,
of anger, of un-forgiveness, of pride.
What the Lord does in our life springs forth
out of Him and out of His love.)
Do you not perceive it?
(As a new shoot in the coming spring
can easily be missed, easily trampled on,
easily overlooked as we slog through
the lingering winter gray and rains and snows,
so this work that He has begun in us
can easily be ignored and crushed.
Our job is to look for His work and to be sure to nurture
what the Lord is doing in us.
We need to be sure to watch and listen for
and to take note of His still, small Voice
in the whirlwind of our busy-ness.
Lord, help us to have eyes and ears to see and hear You,
to perceive that still, small Voice which is Yours.)
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
(He promises that His new work in us
will restore and refresh and guide us
through the deserts in our life this year where, humanly speaking,
there is no way to proceed other than by His Hand.
His new work is like the reviving, cleansing rivers of water
where there has been waste and destruction.
His river of grace and love washes away
the past and the filth to bring newness of life in Him!)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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