“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NIV
Perhaps in 2015 you wandered through the wilderness or your life felt as though it had been laid bare. A wasteland with no hopes of change. In the midst of your pain, take heart. God has not abandoned you in the wasteland nor forgotten you in the wilderness.
In my younger years, I ran from God. I’m still not sure why, but I decided I could manage my life with no help from Him. When my life fell apart, I didn’t feel I could reach out to God at that time since I’d messed up. I thought I needed to get my life together before I could return to the Lord.
As a Christian, I should’ve known I couldn’t get my life together on my own. I had a front row seat at my path of self-destruction as I ran through the wasteland of my life, but I still struggled to fix the unfixable.
The harder I tried to put my life back together, the worse things fell apart. I sunk into a deep depression. At my lowest, I wanted to die. Life wasn’t worth living. I couldn’t figure out how to step out of the wilderness on my own, so I decided just going to my heavenly home would be for the best.
However, God had other plans for my life. He never left me alone. He pursued me through the wilderness and through the wasteland.
Not only did He pursue me, He did a new thing in my life. He made a way out of the wilderness and wastelands that I had created. When I relinquished the control to repair my life to the God of the Universe, He led me away from the despair.
My life isn’t perfect. I still make mistakes and mess things up, but I’ve found my joy and my hope in the Creator who never abandoned me.