He's Making Me New

It's a new year. It's a new month. It's a new day, this freezing yet still sunny morning reminds me. New projects at work. New challenges. New goals. New bucket lists. New books to be read. New friendships blossoming.

I've been caught up in making all the newness happen.

Setting goals and writing lists and trying to improve so many things in so many areas of my life...

But then, I'm reminded as if through a soft whisper, it's not about me.

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 43:19, NIV

He is doing the new things. He is doing the work in my heart that is bringing forth new fruit. He is paving new trails and leading me forward into new opportunities. He is opening my eyes to new facets of His character, to new glimpses of His glory and grace. He is establishing new friendships and relationships to encourage me in the journey. He is teaching me new lessons in His merciful way. He is making ways in every desert of my soul and bringing His Living Water to every wasteland in my heart.

It's all about Him.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
— Isaiah 43:19, MSG

There it is again-- this theme of keeping my eyes open, of being alert, of being aware. Awake, O sleeper. Keep your eyes open. Look up. Look around. He is doing new things. 

Every goal, every resolution, all my striving, it all falls short. He alone can do a new work in me. He alone can bring new life where there has been deadness. He alone can heal my heart and restore every broken bit. He alone can make me a new creation.

Hallelujah, He is making all things new.