1. A New Thing?

New Days Meditations 1: A New Thing?

Isa 43:19 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.”

A new day, a new month. The word ‘new’ has been much in my mind. Recently a church leader online said the Lord had spoken to him saying He was doing a new thing. I’ve had the same sense for some while. Not long back the Lord said to me one morning, “It’s a new day,” and my slow-witted response was, “Of course it is,” but then came the awareness that it really was a new day with all that that implied – and we will consider that along the way in this series.

And then the Lord, a week or so later, said, “I am doing a new thing,” and again my slow-witted response was, “Well, yes I know that is what it says in your word,” but as I paused before Him, again a whole bunch of implications flowed in my mind.

Dare we think new thoughts about a God who is constantly doing new things, because the Bible is full of them? We all hope for new days, days free of Pandemics, free of masks, free of social distancing, the things that were real but which nevertheless were distorting our thinking and our lives. For example did you know that in the UK more women die every day from Dementia than from Covid?

In England and Wales last year (2020) Covid-19 deaths accounted for 12.1% of deaths – ONLY 12.1%! Dementia and Alzheimer’s caused 70,047 deaths — 11.5 per cent of the total. I mention these facts simply to illustrate how easy it is for our thinking to lose perspective. All deaths bring grief and mourning but how easy it has been to lose sight of the bigger picture when something new arrives – such as a pandemic!

So perhaps there is a double call – a) to see all things new and b) not to lose perspective as we see the new. That may not make much sense at the moment but perhaps it will along the way. In this month I want to collect random thoughts that come up about looking for the new, or becoming aware of the new, or anticipating the new. Our starter verse from Isaiah is going to be the focus-point for us for the first few days of this series this month. The context of that verse in that chapter was the Lord reassuring Israel prophetically that He had redeemed them and would gather the scattered people (v.5-7) but then in v.18 He says, “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” We must think on this in the days ahead.“Dear Lord, please help me realize that although yesterday may have been a day of failure or weakness, you come to make today a new day, a different day, a day that you intend to make new in so many ways. Amen.”

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