“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
In August 2019, when I last wrote a Women’s Ministry devotion, using Isaiah 43:19 as my guide, I was looking ahead to change. My daughter would graduate high school in 2020 and my life would look different. How innocent and distant that time now seems. Yet, that Isaiah passage still speaks helpful words for this time in our lives. Our God is making a way in the wilderness of our chaotic world. New things are springing up; do you not perceive it? Our schedules are free to connect with people in creative ways, where once we were too busy and tired to reach out. Our eyes are opened to injustice in our midst, where previously we were too self-focused to notice. We see and value the people who work in jobs we used to take for granted, like grocery clerks, nurses and teachers. We recognize the importance of our community, our church, our family, and the tender hug of a dear friend.
Oh Lord, you know how difficult this time is for us. Thank you for the new things you are doing in, around, and through us, even when we feel lost in the wasteland. Let our experiences change us fundamentally for the better. In your holy, precious, life giving name, Amen.
Written by Suzan Lund
This month’s devotion was written by Suzan Lund. Suzan has been blessed to be a member of the Women’s Ministry Team since its inception in 2009. During pandemic days, she continues to volunteer on the tech team, running worship visuals. Suzan is grateful for Zoom studies and her long-standing Sojourners group and Grace Group that keep her grounded in faith. She works at UNL in the Office of Research and Economic Development. She is married to Joseph Moser and mom to UNL freshman, Zoey Moser.