Spring Cleaning: Reflections on Isaiah 43:18-19

A woman holding a green feather duster

18 “Remember not the former things,
 nor consider the things of old.
19 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.

If there were a passage that points to spring, this would be one of them for sure! What a great passage to consider as birds begin to sing again and the trees begin to bud! But what about our spiritual lives? Sometimes we can get in a funk and find it hard to get out. We can be stuck in winter while God is trying to bring the spring. Here are a few things to help you do some spring cleaning of your soul.

1) Forget About It

In the dreary winter, life can feel like survival at its best on certain days. God is telling His people to forget those days. Move on! There are times when we as humans get stuck in a mental rut and we just keep marching to the beat of an old beat-up drummer. God says change the tune! Even if the days were good in the winter, change the rhythm! A new season is here! What you choose to hold onto will hold onto you!

In the winter especially I am aware of static cling. Whether I’m getting clothes from the dryer, to pulling sheets and comforter from my bed, the electricity that accumulates shocks me and at times stings pretty good. Separating these items of cloth that have been electrically charged is not easy…nor is it easy to separate myself from some of the past. However, God says to forget those things, good and bad; it’s time to move on. Those things are in the past. God is telling His people to forget the former things but not forget God.

Often as human nature has proven, we as people put trust in things or events instead of God. God tells His people here to move beyond those things and look forward to something new! When we constantly look back, we are communicating that there is nothing worth looking forward to. This is most certainly not the case for Christ Followers! We have God to look forward to! He alone is our hope, trust, love, and future!

2)Perception Is Not Reality

For many what we perceive is what we believe! But perception is not always reality. It is important to note that our belief affects our perception of reality. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen”, according to Hebrews 11:1. What I choose to look at, whether the glass is half-full or half-empty is my choice. Both are perceptions of reality. However both sides of that perception have failed to realize the simple fact that there’s water in the glass. That’s the reality! Moreover, God is not limited by how much or little is in the glass anyway. How often have we been too caught up in quantity of energy, resources or the like and failed to see the God who is limitless? This should be the reality we live in. My earthly slanted perception is not reality. God is reality and He says He’s doing new things. Maybe it’s time for a spring cleaning and then I’ll be able to see clearly?

Questions for reflection

What things is God telling you to forget about?

How are you clinging to the past and avoiding the future?

How have you forgotten about God? His power? His acts of kindness?

What are you looking forward to?

How has your perception of reality?

Is it wrong or right? Is it correct and from the right vantage point?

Since God is doing something new, what do you see? What things need to change? What things need to be let go? What things need to be embraced?

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