Be Alert, Be Present

Isaiah 43:19-21 is a passage of one of the great reminders about how God works. He reminds us that we don’t get to lose HOPE because He is always doing something NEW. We can consider this a reminder of God’s grace and mercy.

This is what God says,

the God who builds a road right through the ocean,

who carves a path through pounding waves,

The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—

they lie down and then can’t get up;

they’re snuffed out like so many candles:

“Forget about what’s happened;

don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.

It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,

rivers in the badlands.

Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’

—the coyotes and the buzzards—

Because I provided water in the desert,

rivers through the sunbaked earth,

Drinking water for the people I chose,

the people I made especially for myself,

a people custom-made to praise me.


*― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit

Isaiah 43:19-21 The Message Bible-The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson