On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

A new thing

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

Gorgeous by Emily Miller on Retro Camera

I went to a women’s thing at church Saturday. A women’s thing about creative journaling called The Compass.

If you’ve been around The Tumblr long enough to catch The Occasional Personal Commentary, you know “women’s thing” and “creative journaling” are two phrases you would not normally associate with Things I Like To Do.

But if there’s one word I keep coming back to for 2012, it’s “new.” And we’re far enough into the year that that’s not just in a “Happy New Year!” context. That’s one thing that was underscored by The Compass, both in the new, comfort zone-stretching experience that it was and in what came out during the creative journaling process. One of the guiding scriptures for that process was Isaiah 43:18-19:

“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.”

I do not yet fully perceive the new thing God is doing this year in my life. But I heard Him Saturday whispering, “Write for yourself.” Not for the newspaper. For myself. For Him.

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” — Revelation 21:5

I don’t know what that will look like yet. (I’m still looking and listening and perceiving. And I’m open to ideas.) But I know that God’s words are trustworthy and true. And I know that the next verse in Revelation begins, “‘It is done,’” and that it will be.

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