Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
(Isaiah 43:19, CSB)

The old is gone, and God is doing something new. You know what that means? Change! And change can come about just as described in Isaiah 43:19, like a tender plant that seemingly springs forth out of nowhere. Like it or not, sometimes change is brought upon you and you won’t see it coming.

When a new dynamic—change—is put upon you by force or circumstance, you have no authority in the matter, but you can choose how to respond. Will you give into depression because you don’t want to do something new. Will you allow yourself to be overcome with fear over the unknown in this new situation. Will you contemplate complaining to God or anyone else who will listen in hopes that the powers that be will reverse the change and remove the new by replacing the old?

Our best choice when changes brings about something new is to cling to hope. Ask God to help you perceive His new movement in your life.

Dear Father, we are all experiencing change in every area of our lives. Gone are the days of casual outings. Trips to purchase needed groceries and supplies have become fraught with challenges. Simple events like going to Sunday School and joining our brothers and sisters for worship are suspended. During this time of unimaginable change, please help our pastors and missionaries choose to respond by holding onto the hope that comes from You alone. Give them reminders throughout the day that Your presence and your love are constant and consistent.  Help us all to see that through the change we are experiencing, You will be faithful to bring something new.  Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Bob Adams for Missions Mosaic.


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