Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV) – 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.
So, what was it? what was it that we really desired when we spent all that time praying for change? When we heard the word coming from the minister and got excited, and told ourselves that the Lord was making a way for us; how did we believe that way was going to be made? Maybe when we read the story of the children of Israel, we simply glossed over the part of how they escaped bondage by traveling through a sea. Or, maybe when we read about the three Hebrew boys, we decided that them being saved in the fire was more a work of symbolism than a potential reality for us. Maybe we never truly believed every story we’ve ever read about how the Lord used seemingly bad situations for His glory and for the ultimate benefit of His children.
Because, we simply could not have prayed for newness, and yet now find ourselves nervous about the demolition process which must precede it. It wouldn’t make sense for us to suddenly be afraid of the very thing we asked for, simply because we do not understand the process – You have to clear the land before you can build. But, the reality is, in the end, everyone says they want the new house until they realize that the old house currently occupying the land has to be demolished. And, for whatever reason, we fear destruction, even if it will ultimately benefit us. This is why we choose to continue making minor aesthetic changes to houses that are dilapidated; why we would rather remodel than rebuild. The truth is, we’ve grown accustomed to the norm. We cannot appreciate the idea of newness because we’ve become comfortable with the very basic existence we continue to settle for. But, the times call for more than simply repainting walls, applying wallpaper, perhaps reupholstering the furniture. This time calls for a willingness to see the old house torn down, all in the name of progress.
We cannot be afraid of destruction. We cannot be afraid of the most vital part of the building process; clearly the way to ensure the foundation is secure enough to build upon. If we want something new and different and fulfilling and like nothing we’ve ever had, we cannot be afraid to clear the land underneath our feet.
Sometimes we cannot see the vastness of a new opportunity because there is too much obstructing our view; there is too much around us that needs to be cleared so that we can finally tap into the vision of all that the land around us can hold. We’ll only ever be able to fully imagine what can be once we forget about what was once there. Newness. It’s a new day. And, we’ve always claimed that every day that the Lord has made is good. So, claim this one as the start of something greater.