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Isaiah 43:18-19 says "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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (NIV)
This verse, especially the "I am doing a new thing" part, has been on my mind a lot in the past week. It was brought up when a good friend of mine emailed me that a lie she hears from Satan is that she'll turn out just like her own mother. I won't go into all of that story, because it's not mine to tell, but I replied to her email with this verse thinking "Oh that's perfect for her situation".
Then, the next day I heard Gungor's song "Beautiful Things" on the radio. Sometimes God taps you on the shoulder with something, and sometimes He smacks you. Hearing this song was like the latter. I realized that this verse that I thought was so perfect for someone else, was also so perfect for me.
"All this pain.
I wonder if I'll ever find my way.
I wonder if my life could really change at all."
Lately I've been feeling sort...unsettled. Maybe like I'm ready for something different. I've written before about my feelings towards being a widow. Being a widow sometimes makes me feel ugly, abandoned, and alone. But as I listened to this beautiful song, and reread the words of Isaiah, I realized this feeling of being unsettled is God making something new and something beautiful from the dust of my past.
"You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us."
I love that the first part of that verse in Isaiah says "Do not dwell on the past". It's like God saying to me "Enough already! Let it go and let Me use it to make something beautiful." I don't really know what all that involves, but I know the only way to allow God to do a mighty work like making that dust into something beautiful is to follow hard after Him and let Him do the hard work. Let Him make the way in the wilderness. Let Him make me NEW.
"You make me new.
You are making me new."
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