God’s Doing a New Thing

The definition of slump, according to Merriam-Webster online is to fall or sink suddenly or to assume a drooping posture or carriage.

How much would I love to blame my recent slump on the endless days of rain we’ve had or on countless other things! I can’t though. I can’t blame my slump on anything but myself. I’m the one with the poor spiritual posture. I’m the one who hasn’t fallen on my knees before God asking for His blessing or direction. I made this slump, now I need to sleep in it. Or instead, I could listen to the Counselor.

“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? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

And so, decision time. Do I believe it? Every morning when I race out of bed to feed three little girls do I believe God is going to do a new thing in my life? This doesn’t mean He’s going to bring a new material item into my life. It doesn’t mean God’s going to zap new thoughts into my head or even provide me with a new non-drowsy or slumped over frame.

Here’s the truth: God is doing a new thing whether I’m paying attention or not. It’s up to me to perceive it—to pay attention. God has already claimed victory over my life; it’s up to me to live in a way that demonstrates I believe He is doing a new thing moment by moment. The ultimate creator is cooking something up. I’d be wise to look for it, wait for it and be grateful for it.

So how am I to pull out of this slump? What is the way up from this sinking and falling?

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” – Psalm 40:1-3

5 Responses to God’s Doing a New Thing
  1. Becky
    June 26, 2009 | 7:41 am

    That was great. I know I get in slumps too. The scriptures you used were perfect…thanks:)

  2. Alisa Hope Wagner
    June 26, 2009 | 12:54 pm

    This was such a great post and I love the phrase, ‘poor spiritual posture’. Such a great description!!!

  3. Theresa Miller
    June 26, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    Wendy, great word.

    Thanks for introducing yourself by leaving a comment on my blog. It has given me the opportunity to explore yours. I am impressed and intrigued by your blogs, social networks, ministry and writing experience. You are a woman after my own heart!

  4. Anne Lang Bundy
    June 26, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    Wendy, this sounds WAY too familiar. Are you the one I recently heard quote the following?

    “Jesus promised to make all things new, not make all new things.”

  5. Jen
    June 27, 2009 | 9:56 pm

    Ohhhhh, I have totally felt in Slumpland the last week or so! Thank you for your encouragement from the Word, I needed to hear it so desperately today. Blessings, Jen