“Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth;
Do you not perceive it and know it, and will you not give heed to it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
Yay! New beginnings. Aren’t they just thrilling? Actually, I’m not generally a fan of change, so “new beginnings” can cause no small amount of angst in me. In fact, just the phrase “new beginnings” can somewhat irritate me. Is there such a thing as an “old” beginning? Do we have to emphasize the newness? I think I’ll coin the phrase “comfortable beginnings” to help people like me ease into this whole thing… 😉
However, since my last posting in August, when I was somewhat bemoaning but also trying to “trust” in the midst of transitions in my life, God has shown me in so many ways that He’s with me in these new places. Not only has it been a new school year with all new subjects to tackle, but it’s also been a very different fall than my previous 15 years of homeschooling, as both of my older students have left for college away from home. I took on a few new leadership positions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (what was I thinking?), and my remaining student, Joy, took on a new soccer team, new driving privileges, and a new co-op for outsourced classes.
I have to say — some of the best parts of these “new beginnings” have been the awesome people I’ve met on our new pathways. It’s been great to form new friendships and also to be stretched in ways that are not normally “comfortable” for me. I had to speak one morning in front of about 150 women in one of my new roles (maybe not a big deal for you, but a huge, panic-stricken event for me!). It went well, and the prayers before and the encouragement I received after from ladies that I hadn’t even known before this fall were monumental. Step out — you can do that new thing, too! And, most importantly, God has promised to be with you!
Here’s an idea for ya’: grab hold of a trustworthy friend who has been through a few “new beginnings” as well. (We are privileged to live in an area with many military families, and I have tremendous respect and honor for these dear ones who have moved time and time again — sometimes every year.) Reach out to them, and learn from them, too!
Be encouraged. God has promised to “make a way in the wilderness” for you. Also, those “rivers in the desert” will not just be your tears in the dry, desert/deserted areas of your life — although it feels like it at times. You will make it through this!
Remember God’s good track record. Celebrate His faithfulness today. Trust Him for tomorrow’s adventures.
Signing off until next time,
Remember. Celebrate. Trust.
RVR Camp in Manchester, MD
View from the covered bridge at RVR Camp in Manchester, MD