Many times, as I am reading scripture, God will speak directly into my heart a specific message He has just for me. When this happens, I will write in the margin of my Bible the date and what I feel He is asking of me or preparing me for. Sometimes the message is a prayer for someone else, but most of the time it is something He has just for me.
On April 24, 2003, I read Isaiah 43:18-19a (NIV): “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?” When I read this, I instantly knew God was calling me to something new, but what could it be? I had no idea. Every time God brought this scripture to my heart, I would ask the Lord, “What new thing do you want to do? What new thing are you preparing me for?” At the time, I did not perceive what God was doing in and through me. I just knew He was doing something and I was excited! I was serving as a Family and Children’s Minister at a local church, which I loved, but I always felt God had called me to something deeper, something that would allow me…”to preach the good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1.
Over the next three years, God would bring this scripture to my mind and I would lift it up to Him in prayer asking the same questions over and over. Many times during this three-year period I wondered if I had missed it, this “new thing”. Yet I chose to hold tight to the promise he made to me in 2003 and I continued to grow in my knowledge of Him, continued to serve Him in the ministry He had called me to and believed that when the time was right He would reveal to me what “new thing” He was preparing me for. In the summer of 2006, three years later, God revealed to me what this “new thing” was. In November of that same year, it came to be when I got to be a part of starting a new inner city ministry that reaches out to the marginalized – the poor and broken-hearted – in our community. This ministry was my “new thing…my something deeper.”
I share this chapter of my story with you to encourage you. Often we hear God’s voice telling us He is calling us to something new, but the new takes time and we grow weary. Do not grow weary in the waiting! For it is in this time He is preparing us. Take joy in the promise that if He called you, He is preparing you and equipping you and in His time, you will perceive the “new thing” He is doing in your life.