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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time to do a new thing…

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Time to do a new thing…
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."
Thus saith the LORD, who maketh a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters,
    Who bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched as tow):
    Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
    Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:15-19(KJ21)

Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been
Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead, lyrics by Robert Hunter

This may be the first time you’ve ever seen a parallel drawn between the Old Testament and Grateful Dead lyrics, but then again, there’s nobody quite like me  .What a long, strange trip it’s been.  In three months, we have buried three loved ones of loved ones, celebrated five school transitions, kindergarten to elementary, elementary to middle (twice), middle to high, and a baby whom I cradled in my arms is now headed off to Georgia Tech this weekend to begin her freshman year.  What a long, strange trip it’s been.

I have been sad.  I have been happy.  I am exhausted.  Lord, it’s time to do a new thing.  If we can’t learn from what we’ve been through….well, you know, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. (George Santayana) How many times have you had to suffer the same punishments before you learn the lessons?

Here’s what I know.  People will die.  Kids will grow up.  Transitions will occur.  At this very moment, one very good friend has already sold their house and is planning a move to the Southeast.  Our daughters went to pre-school together.  Everything will change, whether you’re ready or not.  I want to be ready.

I want to arrive at that place where the transitions move around me, but do not knock me down.  I want to walk in the wilderness knowing my way is made.  Whether I walk like it or not, my way is made, but I want to be more with the program. 

Figuratively, I want to be the woman whose linen dress still looks great when crushed.  I want to be the mom who’s beautiful with face painted smudges on her dress and dust on her feet.  I want to be the friend who might not always have the right thing to say but always has your back. 

It’s been a long, strange, trip.  And as trips go, it’s probably going to stay strange.  I'm going to be the unflappable traveler.  I'm going to do a new thing.  And I won’t do it alone. I don’t have to…my way has been made through the desert.  And that is further evidence that God is Good.  

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