“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 43:18-19 KJV
The beginning of a new year has come once again. Those of us who have made it through 2018 must be very grateful for what we have overcome, the lessons we learned, and the blessings God sent our way. However, it’s that time again when we must set our intentions for another year. Some will set those intentions at their birthday and others will set their intentions at the new year. For many, a new year seems like a fresh start, a blank canvass where we can paint something new, something different.
Around this time last year, I set my intentions for the year and S.M.A.R.T goals that I wanted to accomplish. However, between my plans and God’s plans, let’s just say there were some obvious differences. As I wrote down my plans and vision for the year, God interrupted me to let me know to erase most of what I had written down. “How could it be?” I thought. “I have some wonderful goals here Lord and I’m very sure that if you bless them and help me, it will all be done by the end of the year if not before”. Yet, God had a different vision for my year and whispered our key scripture in my ears:
“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 43:18-19
As I heard God whisper these words in my ears, I had no idea what new thing He intended to do in my life. And to be quite honest, I dreaded not knowing. So as the human being and overly independent woman that I was, I wanted to resist Him. Oh, how He broke my independence!
First, my health took a turn for the worst but in doing so it gave me time with God that I never would have had otherwise as I remained home on medical leave. Then, God completely rearranged my prayer life by putting me through a year of trials, which led me to learn to completely depend on Him and surrounded me with some serious prayer warriors. Finally, God answered my most important prayer, a question that I kept bringing to His altar on a daily basis: “Lord, why am I here?” What should have been a year of adventure, weight loss, success in my career climbing the corporate ladder and crushing goals, turned into a year of trials, brokenness, being humbled by God, growing in intimacy with Him, choosing a whole new set of friends, financial crisis, healing, deliverance, and finding my purpose in life. Today, I run a brand new ministry, which was definitely not part of MY plan but always part of God’s plan.
Friend, as you can see, God has a way of interrupting and rearranging our plans so they can look more like His. It reminds me of a time when I handed a teacher what I thought was one of my best French literature piece. I was very confident that this piece would get me an A+. Instead, when the teacher handed me back my report, there were traces of red pen all over the place and a note at the end: ” you can boost your grade by making the appropriate corrections which I mentioned and I will credit you for THOSE changes”. Urgh, what a disappointment and a wake-up call! Just like this teacher, God takes our plans, corrects them over, and hands them back to us to make necessary changes, and it is those plans that He approves of.
This year, as you begin to make your plans, be willing to surrender them to God and allow Him to make corrections and do something completely new in your life. Allow God to show up in ways you have never seen before. I promise you, it will be worth it. The things that will spring forth will surely surprise you and the road He will lay out for you will amaze you. God has a way of mapping out a brand new road for our lives. This year, God wants to do a new thing in your life, won’t you let Him? Give up your “old” plans, the plans that did not come pass last year that you’ve been hanging on too tightly, old dreams that God wants to change or replace with newer and bigger drams. Perhaps this year, you are like me hoping that God will restore some broken vessels in your life but God wants to do something even bigger, newer and it may or may not involve those broken vessels. But if it does, it surely won’t be the way you imagine: it will be bigger and in a new way. Let God give birth to something new this year, and just enjoy the process!
Dear God, this year I don’t want to make any plans without you. I surrender what I have held in my heart, my desires, and my plans and allow you to do something new in my life. Have your way with me Lord! I trust that something beautiful and unique will spring like never before. I trust that you will make a way in the wilderness for me, making miracles my new reality as you have promised in your Word. I praise you and thank you in advance for what you are about to do, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:17