Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Beautiful Things

Isaiah 43:18-19 says "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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (NIV)

This verse, especially the "I am doing a new thing" part, has been on my mind a lot in the past week.  It was brought up when a good friend of mine emailed me that a lie she hears from Satan is that she'll turn out just like her own mother.  I won't go into all of that story, because it's not mine to tell, but I replied to her email with this verse thinking "Oh that's perfect for her situation".  

Then, the next day I heard Gungor's song "Beautiful Things" on the radio.  Sometimes God taps you on the shoulder with something, and sometimes He smacks you.  Hearing this song was like the latter.  I realized that this verse that I thought was so perfect for someone else, was also so perfect for me.  

"All this pain.
I wonder if I'll ever find my way.
I wonder if my life could really change at all."

Lately I've been feeling sort...unsettled.  Maybe like I'm ready for something different.  I've written before about my feelings towards being a widow.  Being a widow sometimes makes me feel ugly, abandoned, and alone.  But as I listened to this beautiful song, and reread the words of Isaiah, I realized this feeling of being unsettled is God making something new and something beautiful from the dust of my past.  

"You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us."

I love that the first part of that verse in Isaiah says "Do not dwell on the past".  It's like God saying to me "Enough already! Let it go and let Me use it to make something beautiful."  I don't really know what all that involves, but I know the only way to allow God to do a mighty work like making that dust into something beautiful is to follow hard after Him and let Him do the hard work.  Let Him make the way in the wilderness.  Let Him make me NEW.

"You make me new.
You are making me new."

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  1. OK. This is so weird. I totally hear those same lies your friend hears...so, I LOVE that you posted this verse.
    And, I also just wrote about feeling unsettled. What is ironic is that even though I am married with children, I still feel those same emotions you said: abandoned and alone. I know are circumstances are different, but it is interesting that we feel the same things. I think some of that stems from waiting on God to answer our prayers. When we don't feel like He is answering them, we feel abandoned and alone...forsaken.
    Thank you for sharing that verse.

  2. This is a great post. I am reminded of the verse in my Bible study I've been memorizing this week.

    "But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14

    Reach forward...He has good things planned there for you! And on your way, choose joy :o)

  3. That is one of my favorite verses that the Lord has used richly in my life. Thanks for sharing it. It is beautiful on those leaves. Love, love, love it!!!

  4. This is one of my favorite verses. The Lord put it on my heart a few years ago, when so many things were crashing down on me. I clung to it for hope. Thanks for the reminder, as it is still true for today! And the song is so ministering to me right now. Thank you. May the Lord return the comfort to you today!

    By His Grace,


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