At the end of 2009, I found myself reflecting over the past year. I remembered the many blessings of God in my life. Mom's Connection was made a ministry at Bethel Assembly of God! I was given-free of charge-a beautiful table with six chairs! God gave me opportunities to bless others! The life and health of my husband and children! Then I thought of the disappointments and hurts over the year. I lost my sweet Siberian Husky, Sierra. Several family concerns arose during the year. The difficulties I had with my son's teacher at school. God knew what the whole year of 2009 was going to hold for me. In every situation I witnessed His presence, His provision, His favor, and most of all His great love towards me.
God saw me through another year and I am looking ahead to what He will do this year in 2010. While thinking of the possibilities, God said "I am doing a new thing!" Over and over I heard it repeated. Then He led me to the scripture in Isaiah 43:18-19, "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." There is a time to reflect on the past but then God wants us to look forward.
Maybe like me, you need to be reminded that God has a new thing ahead. In doing so we do not ignore the deserts and wastelands in our lives because as you know all of our cares did not evaporate as the new year was ushered in. God doesn't pretend those concerns don't exist and He doesn't want us to either. Instead He wants to make a way! What have you carried over? Take a moment and think about what the wasteland is in your life. Maybe you have not seen a flicker of life in a long time! But God says a stream is coming! And the river of God is full of life. Believe it! "Where the river flows everything will live" (Ezekiel 47:9). Let the hope God brings to our lives well up in you as the new things He has are now springing up.