“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. Isaiah 43:18-19
Nearly six years ago, our son, Dennis, wrote to me a very touching letter. He described the woman he had known for many years as his mum who had since deteriorated to a mere shell of her former self. From years of being beaten down constantly. He yawned for the return of the woman he new as strong and a fighter. This letter touched me, i could feel my son’s frustration, but i had given up. I had surrendered my fate to the definition my abusers had given to me. How sad?
Almost as if in unison, a year later, our daughter Fe sent me money with strict instructions that i have new clothes tailored for me. I never could buy myself anything that cost much. Interestingly, a year earlier, our son, Bry had sat me down and asked me why i had given the reigns of my life to my abuser. He wondered aloud, mum, have you any idea who you are?
Isn’t it interesting how our loved ones can see who we are and keep believing in us, even when we have lost ourselves. Its sad that, even with all these support and reassurance from our children, i did not seem to perceive what the Lord was doing in my life as the scripture above says. I had given up on myself completely.
My only goal and vision was to empower the children. I lived for their future. I frequently told them that, as long as they were all independent, i would be comfortable and happy in my old age just with black tea, ugali with traditional veggies.
When i met my husband nearly two years later, he shared a vision God had given him four years before we met A vision of his wife speaking to a congregation which was applauding her in an auditorium. Two thoughts went through my mind, he either had the wrong wife, or, his vision was a lie.
Nearly four years down the line as i walked down the Altar after speaking in a large gathering, my husband whom God had arranged with precision to be present told me, you are a natural speaker! I asked Him, what did i say? I had no idea of what i had spoken, but the sanctuary was exploding with applause.
I had asked God to take over me as i walked on to the Altar. He did. We can do anything through Christ who is our strength. God has given us all a very precious gift, the year 2016.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1
Towards end of 2014, our joy, Dove recorded a song, Arise and shine. Took me months to recognize that it was a revelation from God.
We like holding onto the old things. Always expecting God to improve on those. But alas! God is a God of new things! Look, He says, Am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it? God has an open book and the best plans for your life, arise, occupy and conquer! Let this be your potion this year.
Do not be like the Israelites who forgot too soon that the creator of the universe had parted the sea for them, i mean, how huge is that? And looked at the people occupying their promised land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers.
You are more than a giant with God on your side! And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.
They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” numbers 13:32-33
As long as you have God on your side, you are the majority!
May He enable us to get that revelation, that He is doing a new thing. May we perceive the new thing He is doing in our lives and enter His glory in Jesus’ mighty name! Amen