There’s something about a new year that makes us think about new beginnings. A fresh start. A do-over from the previous year.
This year, things will be different.
The problem is, a new year-new beginning only comes once a year. When the expectations on January 1 fall short by January 31, there are 11 more months until the next new year. According to the calendar.
Fortunately for us, God is not concerned with what our calendars say. He offers new beginnings all year long. In fact, He’s working on something for you right now.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NLT
Perhaps you can already see it, or have a feeling of something on the horizon. But maybe, it seems like nothing will change. That’s when we have to disregard what we feel and rely on what we know.
God has wonderful plans for you—plans for your good, not for disaster—plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God works in His own time. While that can be frustrating, and we grow weary in the waiting, God’s time is far better than our own. We can try to work out plans the way we think best, but there’s just no way we can see everything or tend to all of the details. We just can’t. But God can!
I know how tiring it can be to wait on God’s time and plans, but let me encourage you—don’t give up! It’s while we wait that He’s not only working for us, but working in us. And that may be the change we’ve been hoping for, even when we don’t know it.
While you’re waiting for a new beginning—whether that’s a God-sized dream, a change in a situation or relationship, or something you can’t yet identify, resist growing weary and discouraged. God hasn’t left you. He knows how hard it is for His children to wait—and He gives us what we need to keep going.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed. Isaiah 43:20b NLT
While we wait, God supplies what we need through Jesus, and in His Word, so that we can be refreshed and renewed.
Waiting on God isn’t meant to push us away from Him—it’s to bring us closer to Him. Because the closer we are to God, the better we can feel His love for us and see His mighty plans for us.
Don’t worry if your new beginning doesn’t come before turning the calendar page to February. God’s time doesn’t go by man-made deadlines. And for that, we can truly be thankful.
Shared by: Laura Rath
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