Wednesday Word 8.8.2018

Isaiah 43:16-21
16 This is what the Lord says—he who made a way through the sea,  a path through the mighty waters 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”

There are wastelands of all description. Some are more aggravation than anything else. Nuisances. “Bumps in the road” was what my mother called them. You know intellectually that it will get better, that it will end. Yet there are some whose terminus cannot be seen, no end in sight. But if we stop and think, isn’t that a matter of perspective? Doesn’t it depend on our way of looking that reveals what lies before us?

Sometimes what lies behind us can color the way we see where we are. Things that drive one person berserk are barely noticed by others. What we have experienced can prepare us to better cope with the dark days that may come. Not that we should live in the past; but rather, we should learn from it. We should carry forward the lessons of our own lives and the lives of those we trust and admire. We should carry with us the examples we see in Scripture. Our attitude can dictate how we navigate troubled times. Our point of view will make the difference.

We are promised that God will be there with us through all the wilderness and wasteland days we may encounter. Pastor Shawn was right. God will make a way…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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