"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
I love this verse. It was a powerful verse for me a couple years ago, and still is today. It's quite amazing how life tends to work out that way; God allows us to choose paths that often when we look back on, we would choose to alter in some way. Pointing once again to the fact that while we might have some regrets, we must remember that He is the great Redeemer.
This verse was a part of my Bible Study tonight, (Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer), referring to truly listening to and discerning the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Priscilla was talking about how we need to passionately pursue this voice and follow it boldly, as the Spirit often is ready to lead us to something new, although many times we insist on focusing on what has already passed. I have struggled with this consistently throughout my life. The pain of perfectionism. Maybe what this day calls for is a willingness to live a courageous life, one that could only be made possible through the strength and power that comes from completely trusting in and depending on Jesus. Is it possible that often when we think we are waiting on God He could actually be waiting on us? Think about one thing in the past that you continue to dwell on. Could it be keeping you from experiencing the adventure before you? Perhaps the Holy Spirit is trying to show you a new thing He wants to do in you. Receive the new mercies of every morning and pray that God will provide peace for the past. What is the still, small voice saying to you today? Listen closely, follow without hesitation, and receive the fruit of your faithfulness.