Something New

I clung to the broken pieces. After all, this was what remained of what was important to me. No matter, I can’t repair what was lost. Perhaps, if I hold on tight enough, I’ll, at least, remember what it used to be.

Except God isn’t interested in dredging up the past and sticking it all back together. He’s God of all things new. New heart. New life. New pathway. (Rev 21:5; Ez 36:26)

Granted, one straighter and narrower than what we’re used to. One fraught with difficulties. (Mt 7:14)

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George Mueller started a string of orphanages in England in the late 20th century without any funds, strictly to walk by faith. In his book, “Answers To Prayer”, he talks about the difficulties he faced, whether it was the need for a new building or a new furnace or food to feed thousands of children. He spoke only to the Lord about the need and then expected the answer. Time and time again, someone would show up, unprompted, and say, “God told me to give you this,” and it was always enough.

Of such difficulties, he said, “[The difficulties are] for the exercise of our faith and patience; and more prayer, more patience, and the exercise of faith will remove the difficulties.” 

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We are incredibly shortsighted. We see only the fragments in our hands. But it’s by releasing them and expecting something new from God that we’ll end up better than before. That’s been His goal all along, to give us more than we’d ever need so that we can share what we have with someone else, and it only comes when faith and patience are put into use.

Then, instead of being empty-handed like we expected, our baskets overflow, but first, we have to set the pieces down and take a step without them. Rather than be discouraged by the difficulties, we increase our faith, meditating on His promises, and take God at His Word. For He is faithful. (Joe 2:24; 2Pe 1:4)

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2Co 4:17-18)

I don’t know about you, but I’m through patching things together with misfit pieces. I don’t want another temporary fix. New is better, and new is God’s will for me. It only takes a little more prayer, a little more faith, and a lot more patience.

That isn’t so hard when I already know the results.

Suzanne D. Williams, Author