Devotion for January 1, 2021

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -Isaiah 43:19

Are you a person who makes resolutions for the New Year?  Do you write them down so you don't forget them?  And do you then actively participate in the process of making them come to fruition?

I never have been.  But I've been thinking this year I may take on one or two, just to see how it goes.  After all, I've never been very good at sitting still.  Plus, I do get a sense of pride after completing tasks off a to-do list. 

We begin this year still in the shadow of last year.  Yet, we also begin this year in the light of a new day.  A new start.  A new beginning. 

Isaiah writes that God is about to do a new thing and we ought to pay attention.  God is always doing new things, even if we humans are unaware. 

I am reminded of the Amaryllis someone gave us for Christmas.  Each day slowly watching it get taller and taller, bending to the direction of the sun in the den, soaking up the water that is poured into the dirt, and cautiously beginning the process of opening.  You can watch, in a very short period of time, something new literally springing forth!  Talk about a plant that doesn't like to sit still, either. 

Even if we go into this New Year a little anxious or with some apprehension, God is making new ways for us to journey.  New discoveries to discover.  New joys to give us hope.  We just have to perceive it. 

Blessings, Pastor Andy