“Behold,.. new things I now declare. I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing 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 42:9,16; 43:18-19
I watched the think ink sky begin to streak this morning, swept with the faintest grey, lit from underneath by radiance barely reaching, a brilliant sun not yet appeared. Over long minutes the wide swath changed, lined, then blotted, with more and more light, inverting from dark night to the earliest of day. Each morning, the show is different, yet the same delivery of new. Every dawn is a magnificent display of gravity and heavenly sphere orbiting the sun and the faithfulness of the God Who alone knows all that will transpire. We greet the gift with limited vision, but every new thing He does is to be watched, and His promise that it can be embraced and trusted is indeed clear.
I sense His stirring a new thing in me, and find myself watching the morning with wonder and expectation. The faint streaks of light He has sent through letters, conversations, small comments, inklings from His Spirit, biblical inspiration, are welling up to color my sky, and I want to listen keenly, to discern perceptively, to be prepared, to gauge the times. It may be a small reset, maybe a redirected priority; I need to watch, and hear His word.
“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” Psalm 130:6
With the cacophony of life, it is easy not to be tuned in to small things, to faint voices, to dismiss short but distinct messages because other noise is louder, more urgent, more demanding. When God wants to do a new thing, He will, and He calls us to “behold,” to look, see, consider, and cast our lot in with Him.
Is there a specific aspect of me God wants to stretch, or put more emphasis? Are there former mindsets and habits to which I cling, and need to shake off so I can move ahead? Has there been a newly discovered or understood teaching that can make a significant difference in how I think, work, go about my living, plan my weeks, see and love others, honor the Sabbath, communicate?
Lord, may I begin every day looking to You, trusting what You know will come and submitting to Your design for me. Keep me open to every new thing You plan- for my interior mindset, focus, understanding, and for my external occupations. Beholding You is my high aim and chief delight.