"Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I Am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland."
This little daffodil in my yard today was a first sign of the coming spring.
It brings to mind His "new thing springing up" in our lives. Seeing the first bulbs peeking up through the soil each year makes me all excited to get to work in my flowerbeds. I start dreaming about what I'll plant and how beautiful they will look with all the colors and smells of the different flowers. This is only a hint of the feelings I should have when I think about God doing a new thing in my life, something that will be unlike what's He's done in my past. I love the way He says, "Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it?" It's almost as if He's so excited about what He's doing that He wants us to perceive it, get excited about it, anticipate it.
Have you ever had the joy of buying the most wonderful, absolutely perfect gift for someone you love at Christmas. You're so excited you don't think you can wait until Christmas Day for them to open it. You can't wait to see their pleasure. You're about to burst with anticipation. That's how I see God when He says, "Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it?"
Father, give us Your vision and Your dreams for our lives. We want to get onboard with You and feel Your anticipation and pleasure over what You are about to do in our lives. Where there has been desert, You are making a way. Where they have seemed to be wasteland, You are making a stream.