Updated on October 21, 2015
Updated on October 21, 2015
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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 43:18-19
I’m a recovering perfectionist. In my world, perfection = control. If I can say all the right things, do all the right things and make all the right choices, I can pretty much control outcomes, right? Um… No!
Fact is, I’ve made a lot of bad choices. A lot! I’ve said the wrong thing at the wrong time more times than I can count. And every time I do, I beat myself up, reminding myself over and over of the failure I committed. I can’t let it go.
But this verse reminds me to stop dwelling on the things of the past. Get over it! he seems to say! Open your eyes and see! I am doing something new!
You see, as long as my eyes are focused on the past, I can’t see what God is doing now, in the present, in this moment in this day or in this situation. It helps me to imagine that I’m walking down a path, heading in a direction, but not sure exactly what lies ahead. Instead of keeping my eyes on what’s ahead, I keep looking back, seeing where I’ve come from, where I’ve been, the turns I made. Not focusing on moving forward along the path, I miss what’s right in front of me, beauty along the pathway, the journey along the way to the destination.
I miss the new thing! I miss the provision of a way in the desert and a stream in the wasteland. The language of Isaiah’s poetry is the language of God’s provision. The desert is dry and vast. How do you find your way when all you see on every side is sand? And if you’re thirsty in the desert, you won’t be finding water anywhere. You have to hope you find your way on the right path to the right place where water can be found. You might just die trying.
But God, he provides. He makes a path clear, he provides life-sustaining water where there is none. But we’ll miss it if we’re spending all our time looking back, behind us, where failure lies.
His way is clear. His way is sure. His way is the way of moving forward, one foot in front of the other, into the future, even though you can’t see what lies ahead. Stop looking back. Stop dwelling on the past. Look ahead, and watch for his providing love to spring up and make a way.
Remember that whatever your past, however dry and vast the desert may look, his
Love Never Fails.
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