Read Isaiah 43:16-21

Thus says the LORD,
     who makes a way in the sea,
     a path in the mighty waters,
     who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior;
     they lie down, they cannot rise,
     they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
         Do not remember the former things,
            or consider the things of old.
         I am about to do a new thing;
            now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
         I will make a way in the wilderness
            and rivers in the desert.
        The wild animals will honor me,
            the jackals and the ostriches;
        for I give water in the wilderness,
            rivers in the desert,
        to give drink to my chosen people,
           the people whom I formed for myself
           so that they might declare my praise.

from Rev. Jamie Gump, Madison Avenue Christian Church, Huntington:

            Ever been lost?  As a child, I lost sight of Mom while in a store.  At that age, a large store is a scary wilderness.  I can feel now the initial fear and panic, and also the security and comfort after being reunited.  The Lord says, “I am about to do a new thing.” If we are honest, that which is new, which stretches us and pulls us out of our comfortable faith routines, can be like a wilderness, like being lost.  Still, God is always about to do a new thing.  In a faith that is alive, we are daily called to something new, which can be challenging, even scary.  Yet the good news is that the Lord “will make a way through the wilderness.”  As we face the new, the Lord will guide us through the discomfort and uncertainty. Something new is springing forth at this moment.  Can you perceive it? 

Lord, may we trust that you will make a way for us.

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