I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Isaiah 43:19 (MSG)
Making a Road – The New Thing Series – Part 3
The word for ‘new' in Hebrew is Chadash. Traditionally it translates more closely to the words “renew” than “new.” It carries a notion of repair and rebuild; it's what happens when you polish a sword or fix a pot. Chadash doesn’t separate you from your past, it brings healing to it.
Some would say that Christ has made me new, right? But I’m still me. My memories are still intact, I still have the same parents, the same childhood, the same body… Nothing's new.
But then, it’s all renewed. Or at least, in the process of it.
Isaiah 43:19 (MSG) says:
“I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.”
Renewing sometimes looks like this:
You’re walking through a desert. The sun's hot, the earth is dry, your body is thirsty. But you keep on walking. You rest when you need to, and even though you sometimes feel like folding into the elements, you keep on going. Day turns into night turns into day, and you wonder if the desert is eternal. Until one day, you look down at your feet and notice that bits of gravel are breaking through the surface. And before long, the dust gives way to concrete, the sun backs off a little and turns down its heat, and you find yourself walking on solid ground. The desert transformed into road. Pain into healing. Dryness into focus.
Let the newness take its course.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou.
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Written by Lizzy Milani