What New Looks Like

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Hello friends, I am sorry I have been absent for so long.

My life is taking a crazy turn of healing, restoration and growth – so much so that at times I can hardly keep up with it!  I have been watching in awe and wonder as God makes all things new in my life.

Have you ever noticed that God does not move the way we expect Him to, the vast majority of the time?

I was thinking the past few days about how He delights in making all things new – it’s not just a promise of the future, but something He does even in this fallen world.  But sometimes the “new” things don’t seem to work at first.  We look over in the dark, dusty corner and see junk.  We see brokenness and shattered pieces that could never be put back together.  We see piles of baggage that we lug around with us because we can’t find a dumping ground big enough to hold it all.  We see ugliness and we fear it, we are ashamed of it.  We want God to snap His fingers and make it all vanish, to give us something new out of nothing.  Heck, sometimes we would accept “nothing” rather than all the old things.

But God – He doesn’t see it that way.  He looks at us and says, Beloved, all of those things have a purpose.  And I will use every single one to make something beautiful.  Something new.  To build an abundant life out of the broken pieces lying on the floor.  And we want so badly for Him to give us a “fresh start”, to forget about all that and take it away.

God doesn’t want to erase, He wants to redeem.
He doesn’t want to throw away, He wants to restore.
He doesn’t want to forget, He wants to remember.

…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
– Isaiah 61: 3

Yes, he will replace the old with something new.  But not always in the way we expect.

My friends, don’t try and hide or forget about what has made you who you are today.  Don’t try to erase the past or pull up your roots.  Let God heal, let Him redeem, let Him restore and build something beautiful beyond all imagining out of the very things you have been trying to destroy.  And He will.

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