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Having Eyes to See

Isaiah 43:18-19a
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

I’m not sure there’s any verse of Scripture that has re-energized my faith more in the past few years than this one. I remember the first time I read it, about three years ago in our rented townhouse, as I came into the kitchen one morning and saw it written on a little calendar next to the coffee maker. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout more. I’ve been more attentive to the small things, the common, ordinary moments that glisten with heavenly light if I only stop to notice. Oh to think how much I’ve missed in just the last twenty-four hours! Friend, how often do we approach faith as if it’s a pilgrimage back to some memorial ground rather than a Spirit-led excursion into new terrain? How often do we flip through mental scrapbooks to reminisce on the good ole’ days, while missing the providential novelty of this present one? 

Remember: even right now—no especially right now, no matter how run-of-the-mill right now seems—God is performing marvels in our very midst. And I for one don’t want to miss them.