My three year old loved her mother’s day out program. She used to hate crowds and was pretty shy, MDO really helped her come out of her shell. She liked her classmates and her teachers so much. So when MDO ended this summer, I was very nervous about how she would handle hearing the news about having to go to a new school with new teachers and classmates. To my surprise, she was excited. She just heard the word new and jumped with joy. So far in her 3 year old life, everything new, was good. New toy, new brother or new dress always turned out to be a good thing, most of the time. As we grow older, when we hear new, we are not always happy, because change hasn’t always been a good thing. New home, new friends, new boss or even new baby may bring on anxiety at times.
Change is hard, because we find comfort in the constant and familiar patterns of life. Change is difficult to cope with because it means we are not in control during that phase of uncertainty.
Here is the Truth, God is a God of new things:
“I will do a new thing..” Isaiah 43:19
“He has given me a new song to sing..” Psalm 40:3
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” Ezekiel 36:26
“I am making all things new..” Revelation 21:5
Every time God calls someone in the Bible, He first asks them to leave the familiar. He carves those shifts and changes into our life because He knows how much we crave control. He shakes our world up once in awhile to reveal to us that nothing in this world is certain and to remind us He alone is constant.
So as you face the new thing in your life, whatever it may be, remember this truth from Lamentation 3:23 “His mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness”