As I shared earlier this week, during my leg/ankle issues I wondered if God had a big change in mind. Was He taking me to something new?
Change can be scary. Are you facing a change? Maybe a change in this new year?
Sometimes changes are sudden, even unexpected. Those types of changes can be so hard! But, we are assured that God has already begun His work in those changes.
God’s in our new pathway already, preparing our way.
Let’s look at the entire verse.
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)
Does that comfort you?
…a pathway through the wilderness…
…rivers in the dry wasteland…
God is there to guide us through each change. He provides for our pathway and our sustenance in it, our rivers. What assurance!
You may have noticed comments on posts now and then by Mrs. Libba Criddle. She was a fellow church member and was always such an encouragement to others, including me.
On New Year’s eve afternoon, HH received a text that Mrs. Criddle had died suddenly just shortly before.
She hadn’t been ill, and there was no warning, health-wise. She just slumped over and quit breathing. Done. She endured no suffering. What a blessing! If given a choice, that’s how I’d want to go.
Ponder that for a minute, would you? What would it be like to quietly check out of this world and meet Jesus?
While I’ll miss Mrs. Criddle, I’d never ask her to give up her new location. She’s in heaven with the Lord – hallelujah!
Her family is suffering, and they have a sudden change, a new pathway through a wilderness of grief. God is faithful, and He will see them through, providing His rivers along the way. Her husband acknowledges rivers already, beginning immediately after her passing. What a confirmation of God’s steadfast love and His comfort.
Perhaps you or your family members are facing a change, a hardship, or pain. Watch for the Lord’s direction, the rivers He’ll provide along the way.
Let’s also consider good changes we encounter. Good or bad, there’s unfamiliarity in it…new steps in the new pathway. We make careful choices as we take the new steps.
Sometimes we don’t recognize what God’s doing right away. The verse asks,
Do you not see it?
All we must do is wait and watch. God is always doing something new. Are you aware of it? Do you not see it?