See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

 

Only moments before I started writing this, these three words came to mind: A NEW THING. It happened when I had just awoken from a nap. Strange what can happen when you’ve freshly woken up from a sleep. It happens quite often to me. Quite a phenomenon.

Those three words sounded familiar. They must have a deep meaning attached. But with my poor memory, I needed to google the words to remind me. I suspected that I had been meant to hear them. So I went to my trusty computer and googled the words. The above Scripture from Isaiah appeared.

And then I remembered. I remembered this verse very well, having reflected on it probably quite a few times.

I’ve been working hard lately to do an extensive piece of writing on my work of reducing the stigma of mental illness. Looking into stigma and discrimination and how I and others are affected and hurt by it. The writing will, I hope, build understanding on both sides—by those who hurt others and by those who are hurt.

This had me delving into my own experiences. My past contains much to be joyful about. But there has also been a lot of suffering.

And yet I hear God telling me, “See, I am doing a new thing!…I am making a way in the wilderness…”

Does he mean…could he mean…that he will work through my writing to make some positive changes in the lives of people with mental health problems? I hope that will be the case. Past experience has shown that when we join God in the work he is doing, good things can happen.

Please God. Help me remember that this is your work, not mine alone. Help me be your voice and your hands and your feet. Give me courage and strength. The kind of courage and strength you give to all who want to serve you.

Help all of us who want to join you in your work. Help us see the new thing you’re doing. Lead us and let your love shine through wherever we go.

marja