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“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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imagesSovereign is a word that Christians use in relation to God.

When a Christian says that God is sovereign, what we are saying is that we abdicate our control to Him, not just because He holds the position of a sovereign (king), but because we believe that His perspective is broader, bigger than our own and that He will only allow that which will benefit us, that which will be good for us.

That does not mean that we always receive all gifts from God with open hands. There are times that the gifts God gives are not what we wanted. They might disappoint, they might reduce the quality of our life, they might even hurt to the point of tears.

The person who has just been diagnosed with a terminal disease.
The person who has just lost their job.
The person whose spouse has said they no longer love them.
The person who is separated from someone they love.

I heard the story of a woman who was celebrating the birthday of her son. She was sharing with me how, when she was enroute to the hospital, if God had said to her, “I’ve decided that I will give you a healthy son, and he will be born with a disability affecting him physically and cognitively” she would not have opened her hands to receive that gift, but might have tried to negotiate with God. Yet, now, a dozen years after her son was born she cannot imagine all that she and her family would have missed out on without this gift, potentially received with a closed hand. She now can see that the gift God gave was good (although she does still mourn the difficulties for her son).

Hindsight does that, it gives us a better picture of our life, it is a picture that we do not see until it has past. God, though, sees the picture even before we are born. He sees our lives, and how they interact with others, in their whole entirety. When He gives us His gifts, He knows how they will be used to bring good to us … in the end.

How often are we handed gifts from God and we close our hands in receiving them? Or even turn our backs on them? We do this because we only see this very moment. We do not see the gift from a perspective of hindsight.

We can be certain of God’s care for those of us who are his subjects because He has proven to us that He loved us in sacrificing His only Son, for our good, future and life.

God is sovereign.

“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
1 Corinthians 13:12

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