Archive for September 4th, 2013

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Isaiah 43:18

A few weeks back, as I sat with my steaming cup of coffee, I was feeling not too eager about the next day.

The first day back to school can always be daunting, and in my profession (as an Educational Assistant), each September is really like starting a brand new job. There certainly are similarities to the previous year, but until we arrive at school, we often cannot be sure as to what our assignment will be, or what students we will be working with for the school year.

This school year I have made a campus change, from high school to middle, and although I feel very comfortable with the adolescent students, I am beginning to think that maybe I have now reached an age/stage in my life where change does not have that exciting adrenaline rush it once did.

What I was feeling was more like paralysis!

I would not have my previous co-workers by my side.

I would not have the previous space, where I knew I could find what I needed.

I would not have the previous subjects, and subject teachers.

I would not have my previous students to work with, and catch up with, and compare with to see how much shorter I had gotten in the summer.

Then I opened an email that contained the verses (above).

And it stuck out at me;

See, I am doing a new thing!

Not a better thing, not a worse thing, but …

a new thing!

I have to admit that I had spent much time, just the week prior, “dwelling on the past” … remembering the ‘good ‘ol days.

Dwelling on the past means you are looking at things from the vantage point of hindsight … you know how things grew and developed, and you can identify the big picture.

Starting something new is like having an unidentified seedling handed to you, and challenging yourself to name it, to know how and when it will grow. But, there is no big picture, because there is no hindsight to learn from. You just have to water, to watch, and to pray.

Whether it is a new school year, a new job, a new community, or a new stage of life we can be certain of one thing:

God will do a new thing!
(and He loves to surprise)


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