by Macy Johnson
“Is there anything of which one can
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.”
(Ecclesiastes 1:10 NIV)
nothing new under the sun. My husband, Jeff, reminds me of this in short history
lessons. I have much to learn from former leaders. The stories remind me that human
nature reaches for power and control. But it is God’s nature to give and not
take – a new way of thinking for some.
Saturday morning before attending the Mudbug Madness festival, Jeff and I
walked the deserted streets of Shreveport, Louisiana. We watched the purple
martins swoop over the Red River and walked the streets he used to walk. Jeff worked
in an accounting office downtown, with a window that overlooked the city. The
buildings have deteriorated, with nothing new in sight.
back to the hotel to meet up with our daughter and her family when two women
approached us. “Do you know where we can get something to eat? Is there a café
near here?” they asked. We had a long, friendly conversation with the women who
had escaped California’s economy and now live in Texas. Their words reminded me
God is working when what we see is falling apart.
God is lighting
a path into the unknown. He reveals Himself in new ways. Every day something
new springs up to remind me He is in control. Situations may be new to me, but they
are never new to Him.
Even in my
frustrations, I must be Christ’s light. The darkness will fall away and
something new will be revealed. He only asks me to go and spread His light and
hope to those who only see death and decay.
I will be something new in a tired, old world. I hope you will, too!