Thursday, March 22, 2012

Something New!

So it seems that 2012 is going to be the year of lessons for me.  Remember THIS post, when I seemed so hopeful about the new year and what great things were going to come my way.  To be honest, I lost that hope pretty quickly.  Then there was THIS post where I decide "The Scenic Route" was best for me. Yet again, I ended up on a treacherous path.  I guess I'm learning that life is full of winding roads and unseen roadblocks around every other turn.  To be fair I should say that there are joyful surprises around some of those turns as well. 

I keep up with most of my Baylor friends via Facebook.  There are a few that I actually see from time to time.  SRG is probably one of my oldest friends.  Not to say the he is old, but that I've known him for almost 17 years.  I met him during welcome week at Baylor.  His older brother CRG was my small group leader for the week.  We became fast friends and have keep in touch through the years.  When I think of the my all time favorite Baylor memories, SRG is always part of them.  Over the past 17 years, God has used him to speak truth to me on several occasions.  I'm grateful for is continued friendship. He recently shared this verse with me after a hearing of my latest "bump in the road." It's encouraged me so I wanted to share!

Isaiah 43:16-21
The Message (MSG)

16-21This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can't get up;
they're snuffed out like so many candles:
"Forget about what's happened;
don't keep going over old history.
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.
Wild animals will say 'Thank you!'
—the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.

I love that He is starting something new for me.  Some translations even say - "You don't have to see it", you can trust that He is starting it.  Even when I think a situation seems hopeless, he is already starting something new.  I've said it before His plan for my life has got to be better than anything I could ever come up with, so I trust Him and wait.  I guess it's time to sit back and enjoy the scenic route a little longer.

As for the positives along my scenic route, well I've been reminded of how blessed I am to have such wonderful Christian friends.  In recent days they have proven their loyalty and  loved me when I needed it most. 

God has a plan and the power to start something new in my life and in yours.

Keep the faith!

In other news. . . . Savannah/Charleston 2012, summer trip is in the works with the best travel buds ever, Christa and Amy.  Planning a summer trip is a great distraction this time of year. More details to follow.