Reminders are so good…

“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 will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18–19, ESV)

These words fell across my screen for the second time today.

I took note the first time I read them this morning. A friend had posted them on his social media page. I was reminded of the promise I felt the first time I read them.

Five years ago, a friend pointed me to this verse. It was about six months before I chose to leave a 20-year career as a high school science teacher. I was experiencing quite a few changes at the time, and my friend reassured me that God was making a new way for me even in the midst of the challenges I was facing. I needed to hear that there was water in the parched land I was in at the time. I needed to hear the reminder of God’s promise to make a new way.

Fast forward to the present.

I recently completed an MA in counseling psychology – the transition from one career to another, the “way” I felt Him calling me. Three years of classes. A year and a half of internship experiences. Another year of post-graduate training, learning, and growing. A wide and vast desert in which I questioned His calling, questioned this new direction, doubted my sanity.

And I was wondering (again) if this was the right move. If this was a wise move – to leave the security of a salaried position, really good benefits, very close proximity to home, a familiar community, a familiar pace, a familiar rhythm. Did I really hear God’s voice, God’s call to a new place, a new pace, a new way of serving and ministering to others, a new way of being?

Five hours later today.

There it was, again, on another friend’s page. The promise, “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert….”

I responded to my friend, “Second time I saw this today!! Was the verse I received just as I began my career change… Much needed affirmation – thank you for posting!”

She replied to me, “God is saying something to you. In Deuteronomy, God repeated for a second time all He said, because He wanted to make sure His people were listening.”

Okay. I am listening. And I remember. I remember God made a promise to me. I remember, He faithfully carried me through this time of transition. I remember, there are new things coming out of this journey – new life, new hope, new call, new ministry – things I can already see, things others are seeing in me – growth, change, goodness, and kindness.

*Sigh* I breathe deep.

I can rest, reminded again, in His promise today. I can rest in His goodness made evident. And I can rest in the hope of new things to come.

That is what I choose for this year – Hope.

Happy New Year.

Erin O’Connor’s favorite name to be called is “Grandma,” and she enjoys making crafts with her granddaughter. Erin also has two grown children, lives in a suburb of Chicago, and is a professional counselor. She enjoys mentoring others, reading, writing, and seeing God’s handiwork in nature. Erin is a contributing author of several devotionals published in Quiet Reflections of Hope. Erin has begun her journey of experiencing  kindness from God, with others, and for herself.