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Ready or Not, Here Comes Change!

See, I am doing a new thing! 
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness 
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

Seems everywhere I look someone is adjusting to a new way of life.

Three teenagers I know are beginning a “new normal” without their mom who was killed in a car accident.

A Ukrainian family is adjusting to life without their son, who was killed by a drunk driver.

Our neighbors down the street are adapting to homeschooling while my son adjusts to his best friend no longer being in his class at school.

My gym is closing, so I’m looking for a new place to exercise. Meanwhile instructors try to find new jobs.

In our verse today, God tells the Israelites that change is coming. He’s already rescued them once from Egypt by parting the Red Sea. He’s telling them of a future time when he will lead them through barren land and create streams in the desert. I find it so interesting that God almost reverses His miracle. First he creates dry land in the midst of a sea. Then, he will create streams through the desert.

I find hope in this verse. Hope that God can change desperate situations that look impossible. Hope that God will restore joy in the midst of despair. Hope that God will increase faith in times of sorrow. Hope that God will provide friends when others move. Hope that God will bring jobs that have been lost.

If God is steering you in a new direction, pray for His blessings and favor. You may need to repent from sin or seek help with granting forgiveness. Whatever your situation, God has plans for your good. Jeremiah 29:11.


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