Friday, January 3, 2014

Trinity of New

For I know the plans I have for you...
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
God placed "eternity in the heart of man"
and then graciously linked 
that expanse of time with hope.

One of His gifts to us is the ability to
divide time so that in big and little ways,
we might mark ends and beginnings.
In big and little ways, 
hope springs forth from these divisions.

Every day, we see a new sunrise
and we greet a day with a new name.
Then a month with a new name.
And a year with a new name. 
Twenty fourteen.
The new year invites us forward and 
reminds us that He still has more for us.
We are grateful for the past year,
but we also put it behind us.
To look forward with new hope.
The Lord always wants us to look forward 
and see beyond what is visible, 
and past what is limiting.
To look forward and see 
the future and the hope.
I am about to do something new. 
See, I have already begun! 
Do you not see it? 
I will make a pathway through the wilderness. 
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. 
Isaiah 43:18-19

The tenses in this passage reveal mystery.
He is about to do something.
And He has already begun.
Do you not see it?
He will make pathways through 
wilderness and rivers through wasteland.
He speaks about the future.
But asks if we see it now.

With the Lord, "about to do something" and 
"already begun" is the same thing.
We see the wilderness and wasteland.
He asks us to see the pathways and rivers
that He "will make" and "will create."
Because He has already begun.
It is very clear that God wants us
to see what isn't there and
have hope for what is yet to come.

We have just observed the passing 
of the old year and the entrance of the new.
Part of His nature is making all things new and 
twenty fourteen is one of those things.
A new day, a new month, a new year.
A trinity of new.
The Lord says that He is 
about to do something.
He says He has already begun.
Do you not see it?

There is a pathway marked out 
for us to discover,
flowing rivers that we might be refreshed,
and a plan to give us hope.
His love, grace and mercy 
invite us forward and remind us 
that there is so much more.
The sun has risen again.









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