These words of Isaiah were recently brought to my attention:
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
There are more times than I care to admit that it seemed there was no way ahead. There are also times when there are so many differing ways demanding my attention it amounts to no way. The former things that keep us stuck in lifeless misery. The things of old we rehearse in our minds that can weary us with should’ves and could’ves. These hold us back from the way God wants our lives to be, even now, even here.
Jesus was executed, brutally executed for doing a new thing. It’s risky to not hold back from the way God makes. The way in the wilderness that God makes, however, is even through the wilderness of death and grief. I don’t know how but somehow, something wild happened after Jesus was killed. It was wild enough to convince a group of very scared people that God made a way for Jesus and God would make a way for them. Somehow, death could not contain Jesus and somehow, they knew even death would not ultimately defeat them.
God wants to make a way in your life: even now, even here. God will make a way in your life if you will let God. That’s right; you’re cooperation is required. Rely on God in the wilderness experiences you are facing. Something wild can happen that can bring you to the banks of the river of life.