In looking at the scripture from Sunday’s sermon and thinking about the upcoming new year, a thought came to me: What is time to God? He is timeless. This made the sermon on Sunday come full circle for me.
Isaiah 43:18 reads “But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” In verses 16-17, we hear God recount his power: opening ways in the waters and making a dry path, calling forth and destroying the army of Egypt. But that’s nothing compared to what he will do. He says the same thing to us now. Look at the blessings and the trials, we have been through. Yes! “Been through” by his grace alone, no help from me… That is nothing compared to what he has planned for us.
I am blown away by God. He’s not dependent on a new year to do something new. He’s not looking at 2014 and thinking what else can I do. Jeremiah 29:11 says his plan for us is to give us a new hope and new future. He is the creator of the universe, the master craftsman; I can’t wait to see what he does in 2015.
But let me tell you, he’s been doing something new in me this week. The more I trust him and believe in him, believe that he loves me unconditionally and constantly, I have found that he pours out more of his love and compassion over me. Even the ox knows its master, the donkey its owner.
Do I recognize my creator and embrace who he is? His power? His majesty? His design? His artistry, lavished in love? (Isaiah 1:2-3) Or do I see who I want to see? A god who holds grudges? Impatient? No long-suffering? This is not God. He doesn’t need the new year to do something new for us, He just needs us to let go of the old and let Him do it.
I am a writer, a poet. I peruse life like a storybook, a tale, where the ending is unknown but believed to be happily ever after. I am an attorney by trade. I am a singer, poet, and actress by desire and gift. I am a member of City Church of Sacramento and I am growing in grace and repentance. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and friend, all of which I am gratefully budding in.
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