When we moved last year, a dear friend who was moving long distance, gave me a nearly new leather sofa and loveseat. I also purchased her dining room set and her grandmothers beautiful antique dishes, which are displayed in the matching china hutch. My entire married life, I’ve only owned mismatched pieces purchased here and there or passed down by friends and family. Don’t get me wrong, hey they were new to me and they served their purpose, but wow, owning quality furniture does make a difference.
Have you ever been dissatisfied? Sometimes we tend to settle for what comes our way when it’s not what was intended for us to have. Think back on your life. What was God trying to place in your hands but you got impatient, ran ahead and did it yourself? Oh, I can think of a plethora of things. I will also admit that I’m not the most patient person on the face of the earth! And Walt would say that’s an understatement.
Isaiah had a word from the Lord in chapter 43:18-19 when he said, “So don’t remember what happened in earlier times. Don’t think about what happened a long time ago, because I am doing something new! Now you will grow like a new plant. Surely you know this is true. I will even make a road in the desert, and rivers will flow through that dry land.”
It’s hard to imagine life changing so dramatically like that, isn’t it? Your age or social status doesn’t matter to God, He’s doing something new. Your current age or physical condition doesn’t come into play in this. God is doing something new. Just like the day I arranged my new furniture in my condo and stood in awe at the faithfulness of God, so will you stand in amazement at what God will do for you.
So let’s let go of the old thoughts and habits. Let’s say goodbye to secondhand stuff we’ve hung onto for far too long. Let’s wrap our minds around the promises of God for NEW. Let’s prepare and make a place for it. If you don’t get rid of the old, there will be no room for the new.
Matthew 9:17, “Also, people never pour new wine into old wineskins. They would break, the wine would spill out, and the wineskins would be ruined. People always put new wine into new wineskins, which won’t break, and the wine stays good.”
Father, I release to you my questions and fears, my confusion and cynicism, my frustration and impatience. This is not about me, it’s all about YOU. It’s about your plans and purposes, your ways and your thoughts. I lay down disappointments and doubts and pick up excitement and expectation. My eyes are on the horizon, for the sun will surely rise yet again and with it comes a new day, new season and I want to be ready to receive it. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen