Happy New Year!
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes: For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left: and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee, In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. __ Isaiah 54: 1-8 KJV
The words of the Prophet Isaiah to Israel seem fitting to me on this New Year’s day. Singing for today instead of wailing over the past. I imagine that he smiled when he burst forth with “ Enlarge your tent stakes!” “And lengthen your cords!” Spiritual growth, increased wisdom, and prosperity in health and wealth. “Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!”
In times of adversity, it has felt like God was hiding but on this day, God said “with everlasting kindness” will He dispense His mercy. Our Redeemer lives!
There are too many words to describe what 2013 was to me. lol Grace and Mercy were there because He (God) loves me. And God helped my moments of unbelief when He was “radio” silent. But I know that God is ALWAYS working behind the scene to turn every negative to an everlasting positive . (Romans 8:28) I can welcome 2014 because In quietness and confidence is my strength (Isaiah 30:15) and because I know that Yes, God is in EVERYTHING!!!