What if God whispered this Word over you:
“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 desert
And streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18, 19 NIV)
I challenge you to consider that perhaps you don’t actually know where your boundaries of limitation and potential lie. I believe God can do something brand new in your life that is completely fitting with the character he has been growing in you. Something completely new and yet completely you.
Over the past week I have been watching a stunning transformation in a plant outside my sun room window. I am no botanist and no gardener, but I can tell you that for the four and a half years I have lived in this house it has always been the same; a strong and healthy plant, green, native and drought-resistant. It has survived and thrived through years of drought without a single supplementary watering (my kinda plant). Last week a new shoot appeared, unlike any I have seen on this plant before. It grew with tremendous speed. Within one week this shoot has grown over a meter in length. Small branches have unfurled all the way along to reveal thousands of tiny floral buds. I have never seen flowers on this plant before, and I can’t wait to see them in their full glory.
A new thing is happening in this tree, not seen before, because right now, the timing and conditions are perfect. You see, a long drought has broken, and with water nourishing the plant, it is able to bloom and spread its perfume and seed in a way that, although not seen before, is perfectly characteristic. It is this moment for which this plant was made. It is at this moment that this plant is at its peak life-giving potential.
Esther, until her people were threatened with impending genocide, did not realize that she was a woman of such courage and tenacity and respect that she could save the lives of her people. God brought out in Esther potential she didn’t know she had, in perfect timing, and it became her best defining moment.
David, a shepherd-boy, the youngest of many brothers, did not realize his strength and leadership capability until, first a bear threatened his flock, and then a giant threatened the army of his country. Again, a defining moment, potential he didn’t know he had, stirred up by the Holy Spirit in perfect circumstances.
The woman at the well in Samaria, who judged her own character as broken, despised and discarded, found herself restored in Jesus, and with the potential to lead her entire community to the Lord through her testimony. How’s that for unrecognized potential?
Our God is in the business of doing new things, and shining His light through clay pots, making them altogether more magnificent than we thought possible. God is in the business of doing new things in us too.
Whatever circumstances are pressing on you right now, they may be just the very circumstances God’s allowing because he knows it will bring forth a new defining moment in you, beyond your wildest expectations. The most characteristic and life-giving thing about you, may well be this very new thing he is starting in you now.
By Emma Leitch, a total Monet