Gift #531: New Year verse

One of my New Year celebrations is picking a new Bible verse for the year.  For over a decade, I’ve included journaling as part of my daily time spent with my Heavenly Father.  For each of those years I’ve included a verse that was special to me in my journal, writing it each day at the conclusion of my prayers and praises.  By the end of the year, the verse is etched in my heart and I can recite it in my dreams.  It’s kind of difficult for me to let go of it and embrace a new one.  This year’s verse comes from Isaiah (my favorite book of the Bible) and it speaks of God doing something new.

For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert!   Isaiah 43:19

This verse encourages me greatly for several reasons.  First, it shows that God is intimately involved in the world’s affairs, as well as in the personal lives of His children.  He’s also doing something – He’s busy about bringing life and grace to us.  He tells us that he is making the roads to lead us home and that’s an immensely comforting thought.  I don’t know what lies ahead in this year, but I do know that everything that’s there has been planned by my Father and that He will lead me in grace.  This verse is lovely by itself, but a few verses before, God is reminding His people of His power of provision for them by recounting His ability to create dry paths through the sea for their escape.  I like the contrast God gives between His creating dry paths in the sea and His new work of creating rivers in the dry desert.  Whether we need clear paths in our tumultuous sea of circumstances, or we need life-refreshing streams in our times of dryness and wanderings, God will provide for us.  And that’s a great comfort as we start the new year.

Blessings to you,

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