"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
Has God recently done something new in your life? Often when we're going through the drudgery of life in what can seem like a wilderness, we need Him to do something new. When we're stuck in a rut we can't wait for God to show up. When we've worked hard but haven't seen any results or when we've been faithful with little but haven't seen a return on our investment, we may begin to wonder when our ship will come in. But, are we looking in the right place? Are we looking for the new thing? Or are we looking in the same place, perhaps the most likely place, doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result?
It's so interesting to me in the verse above that God makes "a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." In my mind, the last place I'd be looking for a road would be in the wilderness. And the last place I'd be looking for a stream would be in a desert! But that's where God says they are. Are we looking for a move of God not just in likely places, but in unlikely places as well? Are we limiting ourselves in the ways we think God can provide? Are we allowing ourselves to be open to His plan? It may not be what we think. That's why trusting Him and learning to hear His voice is so important.
When my dad began writing his TGIF devotional he had no idea it would turn into a "stream" in the desert. In his mind, it was the most unlikely thing that God could've used to impact other people. But, it was the "new thing" God was using in his life.
What new thing is God doing in your life? Don't miss God's activity in unlikely places. Be open to His movement in your life. You might be surprised where His Spirit leads you.